EIP Students Experiment with Dance Improvisation

Posted: July 20, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

On Monday and Tuesday, July 23-24, students in the Early Identification Program (EIP) will participate in Kid Action, a dance improvisation experience with the STREB dance company. Artistic director Elizabeth Streb, who is renowned for creating gravity-defying dance that demands extraordinary athleticism, created the in-depth residency program that consists of open rehearsals and interactive events with area young people. The event is held in the Performing Arts Building, Room A301, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Kid Action workshop culminates in the EIP students taking part in a STREB performance with Boris Willis, an instructor of dance at George Mason, and several George Mason dance majors at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2. This event is an introduction to a future project between EIP, Glasgow Middle School, and the Center for the Arts to introduce the students to professional productions.

Willis, along with Jon Laines, a percussionist and graduate of George Mason’s School of Music, will lead the students through the Kid Action workshop. The students will investigate the basic physics of movement and the construction of choreography from these movements. The students will also discover the technique that develops out of a need to perform movements safely, rapidly, slowly, and in different sequences against different surfaces. In the process, they discover a discipline of performance, and a responsibility for their partners.

For more information, contact Marjorie Summerall at x31376 or msummera@gmu.edu.

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