ChoreoLab 2018

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ChoreoLab dance concert honors retiring Professor Barbara Dickinson

The Duke University Dance Program presents its spring dance concert, ChoreoLab 2018, as a tribute to retiring professor Barbara Dickinson at 7:30 p.m. April 13-14 in Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke’s West Campus.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office or at General admission price is $17; $12 for senior citizens; and $7 for students.

Dickinson came to Duke in 1984 and was instrumental in developing Dance as a minor and a major degree. She served as director of the Dance Program for 17 years, and retires after witnessing the approval of the Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis degree and the Dance Program’s move into the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Dickinson has choreographed one final piece for ChoreoLab, The Arc of Time, a collaboration with Associate Professor of Music John Supko and Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies Bill Seaman. The Arc of Time “reflects the ebb and flow of power, the changing definition of solidarity, and with it, the nature of justice, morality and activism in our world today,” Dickinson said.

ChoreoLab will also feature works by Dance faculty Julie Janus Walters, Ava LaVonne Vinesett, and Thomas F. DeFrantz, as well as a returning dance alum, Monica Hogan Thysell, and undergraduate senior Cindy Li.

Walters’ ballet piece In Accord with Established Arrangements is a collaboration with the student dancers and with music director John Hanks.

Vinesett presents a new African Dance work, Sunu Reclamation, or, We Came to Dance!It will feature live drumming by Richard Vinesett, Beverly Botsford and Wesley Williams.

Thysell, who is now a professional choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in NYC, will perform Shifting Sands.

Li, a senior in dance and neurobiology, has choreographed a solo piece, how did I get here?,a meditation on diaspora and the negotiation of space and time.

ChoreoLab will also present student projects by the Bass Connections team, Visualizing Energy through Live Performance, led by professors Thomas F. DeFrantz and Martin Brooke. The students have created projects that combine interactive technologies and movement which will be displayed during intermission.

ChoreoLab 2018 is made possible in part by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.


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Contact: Jennifer Prather