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Choreographer to serve as UGA artist in residence

Noted movement teacher and choreographer to serve as UGA artist in residence

Athens, Ga. – Brazilian choreographer and arts leader Regina Miranda, CEO and arts and culture director of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, will serve as the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Visiting Artist on the University of Georgia campus Sept. 8-11.

Miranda is an internationally known choreographer, dance curator and author, as well as former artistic director of the Choreographic Centre in Rio de Janeiro and a former member of the Brazil Council for the Arts. She is the author of Expressive Movement, Body/Space, and Laban Lead: Leadership as Art.

The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies is a non-profit organization that has been training movement observers, teachers and coaches for more than 30 years. Centered in New York City, its international network includes more than a thousand certified movement analysts who apply movement analysis to help change the way people perform, communicate, observe, learn and negotiate. The institute works with students in such fields as health care, the performing arts, sports, education, diplomacy, leadership studies and communications.

“It is such a pleasure to introduce to UGA such a leading international figure of arts, dance and the Laban Movement Analysis world. Ms. Miranda is tri-lingual, multifaceted and lives in three cities [Rio de Janeiro, New York City and San Francisco] with multiple activities going on at all times,” said Bala Sarasvati, artistic director, choreographer and Jane Willson Professor in Arts in the department of dance at UGA.

Miranda will participate in a number of events during her week in residence in Athens.

Her visit will open with a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 8 titled, “Becomings: Poetic Bodies of Performance.” It will begin at 11 a.m. in the New Dance Theater in the dance building on UGA’s South Campus.

Miranda will also teach several classes for dance students during the week on such topics as “acting for dancers.”She will also present a cross-campus class called “Opening Moves” on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Performing Arts Complex, weather permitting.

Every year the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts brings to campus for five-day or nine-day periods eminent scholars and artists from across the United States and elsewhere in the world. While on campus they engage in a range of activities, delivering public lectures, speaking to graduate and undergraduate classes, giving workshops and performances and meeting faculty and students.

Founded in 1987 as the Humanities Center and named in 2005 for its benefactors, the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA promotes scholarly inquiry and creative activity in the humanities and the arts. It is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research. The department of dance is a unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.