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Beth Sorensen
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REED DANCE DEPARTMENT AND WHITE BIRD HOST SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOP ON COLLABORATION

Dance, Music and Visual Arts: Merce and his Collaborators, February 6-8, is part of a citywide celebration of the 50 th anniversary of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company


PORTLAND, OR (January 14, 2004) - The Reed College Dance Department, with generous support from White Bird, will host a creative workshop February 6-8, 2004 entitled Dance, Music and Visual Arts: Merce and his Collaborators , inspired by the ideas and methods of three visionary artists: Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg.   The weekend will feature a symposium and panel discussion on Merce Cunningham and his collaborative spirit; a workshop on collaboration for advanced students and emerging professionals in dance, music and the visual arts; and, finally, a public presentation of a collaborative performance installation created during the workshop.

Between 1954 and 1977, Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg created numerous collaborative works for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company--landmark pieces that radically redefined the nature of collaboration and helped to launch almost five decades of new thinking in the fields of dance, music and the visual arts.  

The Reed symposium and creative workshop on collaboration are part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

The Friday symposium and Sunday performance are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, visit the Reed events site or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Advance registration is required for the workshop .   Contact Carla Mann, acting director of dance at Reed College, at 503/771-1112 x7631, or at Carla.Mann@directory.reed.edu, for more information on registration requirements.

Symposium
An Appreciation of Merce Cunningham and His Collaborative Spirit
Panelists: Christopher Rauschenberg, moderator, Steven Cantor, Paul Kaiser and Martha Ullman West
Friday, February 6, 2004, 7p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Reed College Psychology Auditorium

Chris Rauschenberg, son of Robert Rauschenberg, is a well-known artist and photographer.   Paul Kaiser, a Cunningham collaborator, uses groundbreaking motion capture technology to create digital artworks.   His piece "Loops," created with Marc Downie and Shelly Eshkar, will be featured in the Cunningham Company's Portland performance.   Steve Cantor is music host for Oregon Public Broadcasting.   Martha Ullman West is a dance historian and writer.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://web.reed.edu/cep/publicevents.html   or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Workshop
Friday, February 6, 2004, 8:30-10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, February 7 & 8, 1-4 p.m.

Designed for advanced students and emerging professionals in dance, music and the visual arts, this hands-on workshop will allow participants in each field to work intensively with an influential local artist - Mary Oslund in dance, Geraldine Ondrizek in visual arts and Peter Whitmore in music - in the creation a collaborative performance installation.

For more information on registering for the workshop, contact Carla Mann, acting director of dance at Reed College, at Carla.Mann@directory.reed.edu, or at 503/771-1112 x7631.

Performance
Students, Dancers, Artists, and Musicians Present a Public Performance Installation
Sunday, February 8, 2004, 3:00 p.m., Reed College Gym II                
Reception 4:00 p.m., Reed College Vollum Lounge

In the Cunningham spirit, three workshops will focus independently on music, visual arts, and dance, and on Sunday the three pieces created over the weekend will come together for the first time in a free public performance. A reception will follow.

The performance and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://web.reed.edu/cep/publicevents.html   or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Merce Cunningham Celebration
The Reed College symposium and workshop are part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, CELEBRATE MERCE!, culminating in a performance by the Cunningham company on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.  

CELEBRATE MERCE! is supported by major grants from the Irene Gerlinger Swindells Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and the Allen Foundation for the Arts. Participating organizations include White Bird, Reed College, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery

White Bird
Founded in 1997 by Walter Jaffe and Paul King , White Bird is committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national and international dance companies to Portland, Oregon and to fostering the growth of dance in the region. White Bird does this through presenting established and emerging companies and choreographers, commissioning or co-commissioning new work, and collaborating with other arts organizations in Portland and the region to make dance performances possible.

Reed College
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). For more information, visit www.reed.edu .

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