American Dance Festival Announces Fifth NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism
March 13, 2009
Durham, N.C.—The National Endowment for the Arts and the American Dance Festival today announced that the festival is seeking applicants for the 2009 NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism for professional print, online, radio, and television journalists. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the program offers journalists immersion in one of the world's premiere modern dance festivals, held on the campus of Duke University from June 20 to July 11, 2009.
Acting NEA Chairman Patrice Walker Powell joined ADF Director Charles Reinhart in encouraging journalists to apply for the program. "The NEA is pleased to partner with ADF by offering the fifth annual Arts Journalism Institute for Dance," Powell said. "This institute is unique in that it offers journalists a three-week total immersion in dance. The writers and broadcasters who attend will connect their bodies and minds with the art form, not just their eyes. In times of severe media cutbacks, the NEA remains committed to providing support and professional development for arts journalists."
The NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism is designed for professional journalists interested in refining their skills in writing about dance and analyzing choreography. "The NEA dance critics conference has been a valuable asset in helping critics look at the dance world," ADF Director Charles Reinhart said. During the 2009 institute, fellows will write reviews, observe classes, participate in movement sessions, meet with choreographers, funders, and other dance professionals, and analyze the role of today's dance critic.
The list of world-class performances participants will see includes premieres by Shen Wei, the choreographer whose work was featured at the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies; Emanuel Gat, a 2006 chosen artist of the Israeli Cultural Excellence Foundation; and Pilobolus, the innovative American company that will once again work with an outside collaborator. In addition, participants will attend a festival within the festival focusing on the work of Israeli choreographers. As members of the ADF community, accepted applicants will have ample opportunity to converse with the festival's special guests, teachers, faculty and choreographers. The institute covers most expenses, including tuition, room, board, transportation, and tickets to performances.
Directing the fifth annual program is dance critic and historian Suzanne Carbonneau, whose writing has appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Carbonneau holds a Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University.
To apply, applicants must submit the following materials: a letter specifying reasons for wishing to attend the institute, a résumé, three samples of dance criticism, and two references with names, addresses and phone numbers. All applications must be received by Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
Please see more information on the dance institute at ADF.
About the National Endowment for the Arts: The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts -- both new and established -- bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
About the ADF: Founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vermont, the ADF remains an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, students, critics, musicians and scholars to learn and create in a supportive environment. ADF's wide range of programs include performances, artist services, humanities projects, publications, community outreach, educational programs and classes, archives, media projects, and national and international projects. ADF has been presenting the best in modern dance for over 75 years. www.americandancefestival.org
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