The Willson Center Short-Term Visiting Fellows, nominated by UGA faculty,bring distinguished artists, scholars and performers to the arts and humanities community at the University of Georgia. Visiting Fellows conduct intensive workshops for faculty and students, and give public presentations of their work.
Short-Term Visiting Fellows for 2012-2013
Host: Levon Ambartsumian (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Residency: October 2 – 10
Concert date: October 7, 2012, 3 pm
Location: Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center
The Kopelman Quartet is one of the major string quartets of the world and bears an extraordinary legacy in chamber music. Founded a decade ago by graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, the quartet is steeped in the standards and style of the classic Russian school. Their performances are marked by a rich inheritance of technical excellence, lyricism, grace, and musical integrity. While on campus, the Quartet will lead individual master-classes and quartet master-classes and hold meetings with UGA Faculty and students. The Quartet will give the Payne Memorial Concert as part of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series on Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.
Host: Mark Callahan (Lamar Dodd School of Art and ICE [Ideas for Creative Exploration])
Residency: October 29 – November 2, 2012
Lecture: ”Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules, Breaking Rules”
Date: Thursday, November 1, 4 pm
Location: Room 248, Miller Learning Center
ICE is pleased to host Liz Lerman for a weeklong residency at UGA, sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Department of Dance, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Hodgson School of Music. The program is also supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors.
Liz Lerman is a visionary choreographer, performer, educator, and writer best known for organizing highly collaborative works that cut across traditional disciplines and communities. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her recent work, “The Matter of Origins,” examines the question of beginnings through dance, media, and innovative formats for conversation supported by the National Science Foundation.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Milwaukee, Lerman attended Bennington College and Brandeis University, received her BA in dance from the University of Maryland, and an MA in dance from George Washington University. In 1976 she founded Dance Exchange, based in the Washington DC area and now regarded as one the most innovative and creatively expansive dance companies in the world. She is the author of many articles and books including “Teaching Dance to Senior Adults” (1983), “Critical Response Process” (2003) and “Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer” (2011).
Liz Lerman’s five-day residency will feature both her mastery as a choreographer and her extraordinary ability to galvanize and inspire dialogue among multiple voices – artistic, scientific, and scholarly – in all their varied perspectives. Her visit will include workshops, a public lecture, master classes in the Department of Dance, and training in the Critical Response Process, a critical feedback methodology that evolved over the past twenty years through workshops and a book that has been adopted by many artmakers, educators, and administrators.
Lerman will be joined by John Borstel, a visual artist, writer, arts administrator, and Senior Advisor for Dance Exchange. Borstel is the co-author of “Critical Response Process,” and has travelled widely to teach and facilitate this unique feedback system, which emphasizes the values of dialogue and active involvement by the artist.
For more information about Liz Lerman, please visit http://www.lizlerman.com
Host: Joan Buttram (Department of Dance)
Residency: April 4 – 6, 2013 in connection with the Spring Dance Concert, Department of Dance
Marcus Bugler is executive dance director and choreographer for Glenbrook Studios®, a motion picture production and distribution company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Instructor and Choreographer for Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil’s production of Viva Elvis. Bugler is recognized for his skill in training actors and singers to be theatrical movers on stage and screen.
Professionally, Bugler has been a dancer with the Muny Opera in St. Louis; the Harkness Youth Dancers (performing at the White House); the Harkness Ballet (touring all over Europe); Joffrey II; the Eglevsky Ballet; and the New York Metropolitan Opera, where he was dancer, Dance Captain, Ballet Rehearsal Assistant, and finally Repetiteur in 2001.
In 2003 he moved to Las Vegas to become Artistic Coordinator for the Cirque du Soleil production of Zumanity: The Other Side of Cirque du Soleil. He was brought in as a guest artist of the Chicago Lyric Opera twice, first as Assistant Choreographer to restage the dances in the opera The Great Gatsby and in 2006, as Choreographer for Robert Carsen’s production of the opera Orfeo. Before joining Cirque, he was invited in 2003 and again in 2008 to Japan to choreograph the dances for the Ongaku-Juku production of the opera Die Fledermaus, and in 2007 for the Saito-Kinen Matsumoto production of the opera Queen of Spades, all conducted by the brilliant Seiji Ozawa.
With a dance knowledge covering a wide range of techniques, including Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Flamenco and Ballroom, Marcus teaches master classes, gives workshops, adjudicates and choreographs in dance schools, camps and conventions across the country; notably Lindenwood University and Utica College as guest faculty, Chautauqua Summer Arts Festival, Ballet School of Stamford, Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Eastern Virginia School of Performing Arts, Ballet Tennessee, the Sawnee Ballet in Georgia, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Dance Educators of America, and Soulfire Dance.
Bugler still performs on stages: as a stepsister in Peter Anastos’ ballet Cinderella and as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.