October 06, 2006

Case Dance Program to Participate via Internet2 in the 24th International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education Conference


Case Western Reserve University's Dance Program will participate in a networked dance event on Wednesday, October 11, with dancers, choreographers, musicians and panelists in three cities—Cleveland, Ohio, and the Florida cities of Miami and Gainesville.

At a pre-conference performance and panel discussion for the 24th International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education Conference to take place in Miami Beach, the University Circle institutions of Case, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and University Circle Inc. are working together to demonstrate to this three-city audience their extensive uses of Internet2 and video conferencing technologies with education and creative projects.

The half day event begins at 10 a.m. with a panel discussion addressing the implementation and examples of video conferencing and Internet2-based technologies and distance learning. Examples of how this technology is used in creative works will also be presented. The Cleveland-based contributors addressing audiences in all three cities include Karen Potter, associate professor of dance and director of dance at Case; Mark George, director of distance learning at the Cleveland Institute of Music; Sandy Kreisman, distance learning coordinator for University Circle Inc.; Dale Hilton, assistant director of education and public programs, and Dave Shaw, distance learning technical director, both from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Following the discussion, In Common Space, a new dance piece specifically created for this event, will be presented in all three cities simultaneously. Two dancers will perform in each location while the other dancers will be projected on multiple screens so that all six dancers will appear together. This visually complex worked was choreographed through a collaboration among Gary Galbraith, artistic director of Mather Dance Center at Case; Dale Andree, a faculty member with the New World School of the Arts; and Kelly Cawthon, associate professor of dance at the University of Florida in Gainesville. James Oliverio's music for this work was premiered on Wednesday, September 13, in a network event between Alaska, Florida, Texas and South Carolina.

Access Grid, a group video conferencing technology, has been used for this performance in all three locations to support the various video transmissions between the different cities. This project marks the first time that this technology has been used at Case for this kind of project.

The Cleveland presentation will take place at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Road on Case's campus. The event is free and open to the public. The panel discussion begins at 10 am and the dance performance will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. For information, visit http://dance.case.edu or call (216)-368-2854.

For more information: Susan Griffith 216-368-1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, October 6, 2006 11:00 AM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Technology

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