WMU News

Dance professor presents lecture and performance

April 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Trudy Cobb, an associate professor of dance at Western Michigan University, will present a multimedia choreodrama drawn from her experiences during sabbatical, an informal work-in-progress, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12 , in Dance Studio B of WMU's Dalton Center. The one-hour lecture and performance is free and open to the public.

"In the Words of the Dance Collector: From Bamboula to Ballet," is based on the life of dance historian and archivist Joe Nash, whom Cobb interviewed during her 2000-2001 leave from the University. The presentation incorporates performances by WMU dance students, video footage of Nash taken by Cobb and edited by Kevin Abbott of the WMU Office of Instructional Technology, original compositions by WMU School of Music graduate assistant London Shavers, and accompaniment by local percussionist Yeshwua Ben Israel.

Sponsors for Cobb's research include WMU's Office of the Vice President for Research and the Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artists Grant Program. Additional support to complete the choreodrama was granted by the WMU Faculty Research and Creative Arts Support Fund.

Media contact: Trudy Cobb, 269 387-5834, trudy.cobb@wmich.edu

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