Dance Students Spend Winter Break in Vienna, Paris

UArts dancers collaborate with students at Konservatorium Wien University and Centre National de la Danse

January 15, 2013

This January, 12 students in the University's School of Dance were invited to participate in two residency projects at the Konservatorium Wien University in Vienna, Austria, and at the Centre National de la Danse (National Dance Center) in Paris, France. The residencies were coordinated by School of Dance Director Donna Faye Burchfield and visiting faculty member/choreographer Douglas Becker, former principal dancer with the Frankfurt Ballet under William Forsythe.

(L-r): Dancers Arianna Henry '13, Emily Royston '13, Erin McDowell '14 and Katie Lombardo '13 strike a (dance) pose in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Dance seniors William Burden, Marc Crousillat, Gabrielle Giordano, Ann-Marie Glover, Arianna Henry, Amanda Hill, Stephaen Hood, Katherine Lombardo, Emily Royston and Connor Bryce Senning, and juniors Erin McDowell and Miles Yeung-Tieu collaborated with students in the Konservatorium January 7 – 11, working together in the creation of new material using "Forsythe/Improvisation Technologies" under Becker's direction.

Choreographer Douglas Becker works with Dance junior Miles Yeung-Tieu at the National Dance Center.

This was the first project of its kind for the Konservatorium and a groundbreaking opportunity to create a path for sharing between the students and faculty of UArts and the Konservatorium.

School of Dance Director Donna Faye Burchfield speaks to the students in Paris.

Following their stay in Vienna, the UArts Dance students traveled to Paris for a residency at the National Dance Center (CND), January 14 – 18. In addition to Becker's teachings and Burchfield's "Expanding Choreography" workshop, the work at CND resulted in group classes, discussions, and showings and sharings.

This project will culminate with a performance during the spring Dance season.

International opportunities such as these two residencies not only provide a rich experience for School of Dance students, but also expand and strengthen the University's collaborative dance network.

Juniors Miles Yeung-Tieu and Erin McDowell in the studio.

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