Sarah Lawrence College has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in conjunction with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, through the American Masterpieces: Dance–College Component (AMDCC). Sarah Lawrence College is one of 25 colleges across the country, one of two in New York, to receive a share of the $250,000 grant which will enable institutions of higher learning to reconstruct dances by notable choreographers. A national panel of artists, historians and college faculty recommended the 25 awards of $10,000 each.
One of the country’s leading avant-garde choreographers and Sarah Lawrence College alumna, Lucinda Childs, will bring her masterpieces Radial Courses (1976), re-staged by Keith Sabado, and Carnation (1964), re-staged by Emily Coates, to dance students at the College. Outreach activities will include development and screening of animated shorts based on Radial Courses, dance/media projects; symposia, lectures, and panels on Childs’ work that are geared to music, art history, and mathematics, as well as a workshop with Ms. Childs, who studied with the legendary Bessie Schönberg at Sarah Lawrence College in the late 50s and early 60s.
Through AMDCC, dances created by master choreographers become available to colleges, universities, and their extended communities. College students learn the dances and perform them, mentored either by the artist or by professional dancers who have previously performed the dance or are intimately familiar with the work. At Sarah Lawrence, a significant component of the program will involve both interdisciplinary work on campus and the sharing of the work with the College and greater Westchester communities, primarily in the city of Yonkers, through campus concerts, post-performance discussions, classes, open rehearsals and lecture/demonstrations.
“We are delighted by this exceptional opportunity and look forward to sharing the excitement of dance with our community partners,” said Sara Rudner, director of the Sarah Lawrence College Dance Program. Partnering with the College to bring Radial Courses and Carnation to the local community are the Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers Public Library, Yonkers Department of Parks and Recreation, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, and the Greyston Foundation.