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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


SPRING DANCE CONCERT FEATURES GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

Reed College's dance department will present its spring student concert, featuring choreography by Reed students and guest choreographers Josie Moseley and Obo Addy, on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, at 8 p.m. in the Kaul auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $1 for members of the Reed community and $4 general admission. For more information visit http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Josie Moseley, an independent choreographer and a modern dance teacher for Oregon Ballet Theatre, aims to explore movement that is expansive, passionate, and humanistic. She has studied and taught dance on the east and west coasts, and her work continues to be performed both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of five Metropolitan Arts Commission grants and was recognized by Willamette Week in 1986 as an "Outstanding Emerging Artist."

Obo Addy, the son of a Wonche medicine man in Ghana, was designated a "master drummer" at the age of six. In 1969 he was employed by the Arts Council of Ghana as a scholar and master of the national music. In 1972 he and his brothers performed at the Olympic Games in Munich and embarked on an international tour. In 1978 Addy moved to the United States and settled in Portland, where he launched Homowo (harvest time), a not-for-profit organization that holds an annual festival that has introduced thousands of people to the music of Ghana. He is a richly skilled teacher who conducts numerous in-school residencies and workshops. He also leads two ensembles that tour nationally: Okropong, dedicated to traditional tribal music of Ghana, and Kukrudu, which performs an original type of music much like African Highlife.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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