New World School Of The Arts celebrates Merce Cunningham centennial with “Dance On Film Series”

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Press release photo of Charles Atlas.Press release photo of Yara Travieso.Press release photo of Merce Cunningham.Kicking off a year-long celebration of the life and work of Merce Cunningham in the Centennial year, New World School of the Arts will launch its newly-created Dance on Film Series with video artist and film director Charles Atlas. Director Atlas will show excerpts of his work and will discuss his approach to creating and collaborating in this field which he has pioneered.

Free and open to the public, the NWSA Dance on Film: Charles Atlas event will be presented on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM at New World Dance Theater - MDC Wolfson Campus, Building #5. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. Information at (305) 237-3341 or online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ .

“Charles Atlas has been one of the creative forces behind the new field of dance which is choreographed for the camera. I am so excited that he will be sharing his insights, based on his own work as well as on collaborations with Merce Cunningham and others, with our students and the community,” said NWSA Dean of Dance Mary Lisa Burns. “The year of the Cunningham Centennial will be an exciting one, bringing more of Merce’s work and ideas here to Miami, with support from the Merce Cunningham Trust.”
 
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018. Dance on Film: Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas pioneered (with Merce Cunningham and others) creation of dances made for the camera.  He worked with Cunningham from 1975-1981 as a collaborator and as the Cunningham Company’s filmmaker-in-residence from 1978-1983.   He has created award-winning work independently and also collaborated with other artists such as Marina Abramovic, Michael Clark, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener. Charles Atlas is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Bessie Awards:  for Sustained Achievement in Video, for the “Martha” Tapes, and for costumes for the Michael Clark Dance Company.

Other upcoming Dance on Film Series presentations include:

OCTOBER 22, 2018. Dance on Film: Yara Travieso
Yara Travieso will present excerpts from her recent work, as well. Yara Travieso (choreographer/director) creates live experiences and films. They have been presented around the world in numerous museums, theaters and festivals such as, NYC's Lincoln Center, Film Society, France's Amphithéâtre D'oin, SXSW and more. Her short films were presented by Hermes of Paris, Glamour, GQ, Elle amongst others. Travieso is a 2016 Creative Capital recipient, and a 2015 NALAC grantee via the Ford Foundation. She co-founded the Borscht Film Festival and is a graduate of New World School of the Arts High School and The Juilliard School (dance). She will screen and discuss excerpts of her work, and answer questions from the audience.

JANUARY 10, 2019. Dance on Film: Merce Cunningham – Melange 1999 (with Trevor Carlson and Lisa Boudreau)
JANUARY 11, 2019. Dance on Film: Merce Cunningham – Assemblage 1969 (with Trevor Carlson and Susana Hayman-Chaffey)
Renowned dancer and Artistic Director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) pioneered creating dances for the camera, often collaborating with filmmaker Charles Atlas. Their collaborations included both Melange and Views on Camera, among others. Cunningham created nearly 200 dances for his company over the course of his lifetime, collaborated with artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage, and was awarded countless honors including the National Medal of Arts (Washington, DC), the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur (France), the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale (Italy), and the Medal of Honor from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain).
•    Trevor Carlson was named a Trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust in May 2011. He began working at the Cunningham Dance Foundation in 1998 and became Executive Director in 2005, after serving as General Manager, Director of Communications, and Company Manager. During his tenure, he fortified MCDC’s residency programs and, in collaboration with Cunningham, developed a workshop for students based on Cunningham’s use of DanceForms. Carlson increased the Company's visual artist collaborations by developing the possibility for Merce to create Events in repertory theater houses, using different settings for each performance. A total of 25 additional collaborations were staged in this manner. He also helped to forge new ventures such as the webcast series Mondays with Merce, for which he served as Executive Producer.
•    Lisa Boudreau was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1994-2008.  She performs in the films Melange and Views on Camera and will share her insights into the experience of participating in these important collaborations.
•    Susana Hayman-Chaffey danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1968 – 1976 and performs in the film, Assemblage (1968).  She is also a writer, teacher, and traveler and former Faculty Chair of the Merce Cunningham Studio.

In honor of respected choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham, New World School of the Arts has also scheduled a number of special dance community events this season. In addition to the Dance on Film Series, NWSA will offer Professional Development Days for Dance Community on October 26th and 27th, Open Rehearsal Minevent by Merce Cunningham on February 1st, and Merce Cunningham Workshop Final Showing on May 31st.
 
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative, and academic development through a curriculum that reflects our community and the rich multicultural state of Florida. Through our partners NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. New World School of the Arts' rigorous eight-year curriculum and conservatory-style teaching has empowered students in our community and our nation to become leaders in the arts for more than 30 years.

New World school of the Arts offers a comprehensive dance program essential for today’s professional dancer. The conservatory-style curriculum is grounded in classical ballet and modern dance techniques with exposure to newer and world dance forms. supporting studies are choreography, music, dance history, anatomy and kinesiology, movement analysis and dance production. We are recognized around the world for our students’ exceptionally high performance and artistic levels, distinguished professional faculty, outstanding dance curricula, productive relationship with many international
and national ballet and modern dance companies, the multicultural nature of our faculty and student body, and excellent dance facilities.

Founded by the Florida Legislation more than three decades ago as a center of excellence, New World School of the Arts has educated, trained, and cultivated a generation of artists who have become the artistic leaders of the future. Graduates from the high school and college programs of NWSA are award-winning artists, playwrights and performers with Academy, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Bessie Awards. They are influential painters, sculptors and graphic designers, and their work thrives in museums and galleries, as well as on stages and concert halls around the globe. Our alumni are a source of inspiration to young artists from all walks of life in our community and in our state, and their success is a testament of the possibilities that emerge when the right blend of support and resources are engaged.