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in a pilot residency at
NCCAkron in July 2015.
For countless dancemakers without their own space, there is no
place to call home. Enter the new National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron. Its mission: to support the
research and development of new dance by providing choreographers, dance companies, arts administrators and dance writers
access to the world-class facilities in the University’s Guzzetta
Hall and other venues on campus. With seven dance studios, two
black-box theaters and main-stage theaters of two different sizes,
NCCAkron will provide a place for choreographers to explore
the full potential of their creative process.
The Center opened with the support of the University of
Akron and a $5 million grant from the John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation. This month it will host its ;rst of;cial art-
ist residency when it welcomes choreographer Tere O’Connor,
The Center’s founding executive/artistic director, Christy
Bolingbroke, says it needs to be adaptable so as not to impose a cer-
tain way of working on any artist. One way of doing that is to offer
several types of residencies: space, for use of the studio facilities;
research, in which choreographers can explore alongside academic
scholars; laboratory, in which choreographers and dancers can work
without the expectation of a ;nished project; technical, for dancemakers and/or production designers to experiment in a theatrical
venue; and commissioning, where artists receive funds in addition
to time and space. The Center, capitalizing on the University of
Akron’s master’s program in arts administration, is also considering
what creative residencies for dance administrators could look like.
Overall, the Center is interested in curating dancemakers it can
support on a long-term basis. “We are trying to shift the paradigm
from just ;nal-product–oriented residencies,” says Bolingbroke.
Keep On Dancing
Postmodern legend Anna Halprin turns 97 on July 13, and, as luck would have
it, her work is currently being celebrated in three major exhibitions around the
• “Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California
& New York, 1955–1973” The exhibition, which moved from UC Santa
Barbara to New York City in May, traces the impact of Halprin and two of her
iconic students on the American postmodern dance scene. New York Public
Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Through Sept. 16.
• documenta 14 Halprin’s inclusion in the international contemporary
art exhibition, which runs for 100 days every five years, emphasizes her
collaborative work with her husband, architect Lawrence Halprin, and her
impact on the San Francisco Bay Area, with scores for events dating back
to the ‘60s on display. Athens, Greece, through July 16. Kassel, Germany,
through Sept. 10.
• Viva Arte Viva The Venice Biennale’s international arts exhibition will highlight
Halprin’s Planetary Dance, an annual community event for peace enacted all
over the world that marked the opening of the exhibition on May 12 and had
its 37th Bay Area iteration in June. Through Nov. 26. —Courtney Escoyne
A New Home for Choreographers
NCCAkron launches its first official residency this month.
Ruth Beckford and Anna
Halprin on Halprin’s
dance deck, 1952