Spring Studio Series: Peter de Grasse's "storyball"

Date: March 12, 2014 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Dance Studio, 16 Boyer Ave.


Whitman College's Department of Theatre and Dance presents their Spring Studio Series, beginning with Peter de Grasse's "storyball" on March 12.

This autobiographical dance solo recalls the intensely personal and sensorial collisions of training in contemporary dance and ballet with underground funk movement during the 1990s in New York's gritty club scene. This studio piece is the practical component of MFA research, and is being created in collaboration with Whitman students Aaron Stern and Cameron Hancock, who will perform original funk music live on drums and electric guitar.

Peter de Grasse continues to develop an interest in choreography and dance theater as creative tools used in the production of emotionally powerful, theatrically-driven pieces for film and alternative venues. As a company dancer, Peter de Grasse was most recently engaged by Tanztheater Des Staatstheater Darmstadt, where he was a soloist from 2008 to 2012. Prior to working in Germany, he danced for a variety of companies and projects in the United States, most notably Sacramento Ballet, Ballet X, and Spectrum Dance Theater, where he danced under Donald Byrd from 2004 to 2008, and was promoted to principal artist in 2006. He received early training at San Francisco Ballet, holds a B.F.A. from Juilliard, and is a current candidate for an MFA in choreography from Jacksonville University in Florida.

The Spring Studio Series is an initiative to present local and nationally recognized experimental performance-based artists in a low-tech and intimate setting. These events are free, open to the public and will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

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