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Panel Discussion with Choreographer Gioconda Barbuto. October 11, 2015

Longevity and Transformation

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm
Target Education Studio, Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis


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Many artists experience dramatic shifts over the long span of a lifelong career. Transformation, whether planned or thrust upon us through aging, funding changes, career twists and turns, can provide rich opportunities and surprises.

Join us for a panel discussion on longevity, transformation and transition, featuring McKnight International Choreographer Gioconda Barbuto (Montreal, Canada), whose own work as a dancer, creator and teacher has spanned three continents and multiple dance companies. The panel will also incude Toni Pierce-Sands (TU Dance), Leah Cooper (MN Theater Alliance), and Mary Ellen Childs (Program Director, McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers), and will be moderated by Pamela Espeland (MinnPost, NPR).

Italo-Canadian dancer and choreographer Gioconda Barbuto is the 2015 McKnight International Artist. A dancer of explosive wit, subtle intelligence, and a fine sense of theatricality, Gioconda has distinguished herself throughout her career in an impressive number of works. She danced with the Minnesota Dance Theatre before becoming a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced for 16 years. In 1998 she was invited by Jiri Kylian to join Nederlands Dans Theater III in The Hague, Holland, with a group of high caliber dancers, all over the age of forty, and toured internationally with the company for eight years. Gioconda is featured in two of Jiri Kylian’s award winning Films, Birth Day and Car Men.

Barbuto will be in residence in the Twin Cities for two weeks in October creating new work for TU Dance. She will return in November for final rehearsals and events. TU Dance will premiere Barbuto’s new work November 20-22 at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul. During each residency period, she will teach classes and participate in a variety of dance community events at Northrop and at TU Dance.

For more info on public events with Gioconda Barbuto, see the McKnight website. She was also interviewed by the Bat of Minerva.

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