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Improvisational Dance Inspired by Cyrus Khambatta

Oct. 1 program concludes guest choreographer’s campus residency

September 29, 2011 | by Judy Moore
An informal dance program featuring improvisational dance and dialogue with guest choreographer Cyrus Khambatta, Northwestern students and audience members will take place at noon, Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Ballroom Studio of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, Evanston campus.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- An improvisational dance performance featuring Northwestern University students who participated in guest choreographer Cyrus Khambatta’s classes and workshops will conclude the artist’s weeklong Evanston campus residency.

Admission-free and open to the public, the noon, Saturday, Oct. 1 event will be held in the Ballroom Studio of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. Seating is limited.

The informal program will include performance and dialogue with Khambatta, students and the audience. It is presented by the School of Communication’s dance program and the New Movement Project, a student group that works closely with the dance program to produce student work and host workshops and residencies with local and national artists. The New Movement Project is sponsored by the dance program and mentored by dance faculty member Molly Shanahan.

Khambatta is founder and artistic director of Khambatta Dance Company. The company contrasts rigorous partnering and athletic movement to create emotionally moving dance.

The programming of the company that moved from New York to Seattle a decade ago has been seen throughout the West Coast and abroad by more than 10,000 people. Its works range from undercover site-specific pieces that spring to life around unsuspecting audiences to staged full-length interdisciplinary productions. For more on the company, visit  http://www.phffft.org/.

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