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Last night was one of those evenings that I hope never to forget. I went to an Alumni performance at Temple University with my good friend Melissa Chisena. We were there to support Janet Pilla, who is in the company that Melissa and I dance for. She performed a 30 minute solo titled The Farewell by Pauline Koner. As we sit down to watch the solo Melissa says,”I think she [Pauline] is one of those people we should probably know about.” (You see, Melissa and I didn't go to college and have never taken any sort of dance history course) As soon as the piece began I knew it was the case. The piece was choreographed in memory of Doris Humphrey and included a projection of poetry written by Pauline. It spoke of several aspects of life including youth, love, and death. It is one of those pieces that stands the test of time due to its relevance to humanity. After the performance, my new boss, Jeanne Ruddy, sits down by us to tell us about Pauline and the history of the piece. Pauline had been a professor of hers.
I was never much of a history buff in school and if I had gone to college I don’t know if I would have fully appreciated a dance history course. I would like to think that I would have. At this point, I am so taken aback by moments like last evening. I am overwhelmed by honor and gratitude that I am able to experience them and often times just by stumbling upon them. I have found lately that I have been lucky enough to work with people, like Jeanne, who have worked with some of our great Modern Dance Pioneers first hand. I feel so lucky and it makes me want to absorb as much as I can.
Click here to read an article on Pauline Koner
The company that I start working for in two weeks is looking for a male dancer and a paid female understudy! Audition so you can dance and hang out with little ol' me this year.
I like good company:) Check out the notice below:
Jeanne Ruddy Dance Open Auditions in Philadelphia
For FEMALE dancers
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
For MALE dancers
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., Philadelphia
Jeanne Ruddy Dance New York Male Audition
Thursday, October 13th
at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Studio 6.
280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers Street),
New York, NY
Jeanne Ruddy Dance, a contemporary dance company that was founded by Jeanne Ruddy, former Martha Graham Principal Dancer and Ailey and Juilliard faculty member, is holding auditions for one paid understudy female position and one full-time male dancer. Applicants should be mature and experienced contemporary dance performers with strong ballet and modern technique.
All dancers MUST be available for our 2012 concert week, May 7- May 13, 2012 and some tour dates. Rehearsals begin October 17, 2011. Please bring headshot and CV or resume. Come warmed up and prepared to move. Paid rehearsals and performances.
For more information please contact Bryan Matluk at 215-569-4060 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Jeanne Ruddy Dance visit www.ruddydance.org.
JENNIFER D. YACKEL