Tony-Nominated Choreographer’s World Premiere Tour Comes to UNCW

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Office of Cultural Arts at University of North Carolina Wilmington is hosting Tony-nominated choreographer Karole Armitage for a week-long residency, featuring workshops, panel discussions, classroom visits, free performances for nearly 2,000 public school students, and a master’s dance class with Wilmington’s Dance Co-Op on October 21, the University announced today. The week culminates with a public performance of her newest work Fables on Global Warming on October 26 in Kenan Auditorium. The performance will be followed by a dessert reception with the artists. 

Created in collaboration with composer/singer/lyricist Corey Dargel, visual director Doug Fitch and ecologist Dr. John Harte from the University of California, Berkley, Fables on Global Warming is rich in metaphors about climate change and the interconnectedness of man and nature. During the one-hour performance, 10 animal fables from around the globe are brought to life through music, dance and puppetry.

“Being able to offer the community programming like this wouldn’t be possible without the continuous support from NEFA and South Arts,” said Courtney Reilly, Assistant Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW. “Karole is a leader in the field of art/science collaborations and has a unique gift for creating works that are both thoughtful and engaging."

This residency is part of eARTh inspired, a semester-long initiative exploring the intersection of art and science. This residency was made possible by a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts as part of its National Dance Project, which receives funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support provided by South Arts, in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council, and Target ®. 

Armitage is the Artistic Director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company founded in 2004. She is a trained classical ballet dancer and has performed in multiple lead roles throughout her career. Transitioning into a choreographer, she has created pieces for internationally recognized dance companies like Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. More recent works include choreographing the recent Broadway revival of Hair, videos for Madonna and Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil’s 2012 tent show, Amaluna.

The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts connects the campus and community through significant and meaningful arts experiences. The Office’s outreach initiatives, which include the UNCW Artist in Residence program and ARTworks educational outreach, engage thousands annually from the campus and community.  Read more at www.uncw.edu/arts.

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