Award-winning choreographer Donna Uchizono, the first Barbara Bray Ketchum artist-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence, has created a new dance with College dance students that they will perform Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5 at 8 p.m. in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Theater. Badlands of Montana is based on a work commissioned by Montana's Headwaters Dance Company, a project designed to capture the spirit, culture and the landscape of Montana. Performances are free and open to the public. For more information please call (914) 395-2433.
In recognition of their mother's career in dance and her 65th reunion, the Ketchum family made a generous gift to Sarah Lawrence College to establish the Barbara Bray Ketchum '43 Artist in Residence Fund. "We are thrilled by the prospects of dynamic teaching this residency fund offers," says Sara Rudner, program director. "The exchange of ideas among mature dancers, choreographers, and the next generation of dance artists enhances and strengthens the College's program."
Badlands of Montana is part IV of The Montana Suite, the creation of four commissioned choreographers (Lar Lubovitch, Jane Comfort, John Jasperse and Uchizono.) Uchizono created the final piece, completing a movement anthology of the complex state that will be toured nationally. It highlights the Southeastern corner of Montana, territory often called "Custer" or "Crow Country." A vast area of rocky badlands, winding rivers, spreading grasslands, coal mines and oil drills, it is home to ranchers, the Cheyenne and the Crow, a place where resource extraction and care for the environment are walking a delicate line.
Hailed by Ms. Magazine's end of the century issue as "a choreographer making great leaps forward into the 21st century", Uchizono is the Artistic Director of Donna Uchizono Company, a New York-based company. Since her choreographic debut in 1988, Uchizono rapidly emerged from the "downtown scene" as a choreographer known for her "spicy movement, wit and rich invention." In addition to being a Guggenheim Fellow and a "Bessie" award winner, Uchizono has been recognized by many others, including the 2005 Alpert Award in Dance.