CalArts Winter Dance Concert, December 12/13th, Features 2014 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Dance Winner, Michelle Dorrance, Guest Artists and Faculty.

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The REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) dance concert to be held on Friday, Saturday, December 12/13th, features “Sound Space” a tap dance work choreographed by tap dance phenomenon and Herb Alpert Award-Winner Michelle Dorrance, who created this work for 11 CalArts dance students during her one week residency. This program, premiered Dec 4/5th at CalArts, includes a work by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member and CalArts dance alumnus Jonathan Fredrickson, and “Strophen” by dance faculty Laurence Blake.

Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance

Michelle is transforming our perspective on tap dance while retaining all of its traditions and accessibility as an art form.

The New Yorker called Dorrance, "one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.” For the Winter Dance Concert, she integrates tap dance, body rhythm, and live music in SOUNDspace. This composition for CalArts dancers adapts a work she originally created for Dorrance Dance of which she is founder and artistic director. Internationally renowned as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, Dorrance is the dance recipient of the 2014 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2012 Field Dance Fund Award, a 2012 Princess Grace Award, and a 2011 Bessie Award.

Stephan Koplowitz, Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, says of Dorrance, “Michelle is transforming our perspective on tap dance while retaining all of its traditions and accessibility as an art form. The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts has fostered incredible relationships between the artists and CalArts dance students.”

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts.

The prize was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994. The Alpert Award honors and supports artists respected for their creativity, ingenuity, and bodies of work, at a moment in their lives when they are poised to propel their art in new and unpredictable directions. The Alpert recognizes experimenters who are making something that matters within and beyond their field.

The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts is one of the nation’s premiere colleges for the professional training of contemporary dance artists. Technical excellence and innovative artistry are the hallmarks of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Concentrated production seasons of aesthetically diverse work thrive in an atmosphere of creative exchange between professionally motivated students and a faculty of practicing artists. Personal creativity combined with mastery of traditional and contemporary styles prepare students for exciting careers

REDCAT PERFORMANCES:
Dec. 12-13, 8:30 pm
Tickets: General $20, Members/Students $16, CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff $10
Address: 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

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