Merge Poster

I’m excited to be a part of Erinn Ernst’s MFA recital in a performance coming up on October 9th. I’ve already posted briefly about this on my event calendar, but I just received the press release from Erinn and wanted to share that information with all who are interested.

Please come and enjoy this collaboration of music, dance and community!

Press release follows:

A FREE Site-Specific Dance and Music Performance in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park
A Master of Fine Arts Choreographic Thesis Project by Erinn Ernst
Saturday, October 9th at 4pm, RAIN OR SHINE

Erinn Ernst is a University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Dance. Ernst began her academic study at Kansas State University. In 2000, her choreography was presented at the American College Dance Festival, and later she completed her degree in dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a M.F.A. candidate at the U of O, Ernst teaches Modern, Jazz, Tap, and African dance.

MERGE is a collaborative, site-specific, community-based project between Ernst, movement artists, and musicians. The project focuses on building community between the involved artists and enhancing the public’s engagement with Alton Baker Park. Through the experience of art in the park, families, bikers, runners and general passersby will have a new connection to — and memory of — Alton Baker Park. The focus is on the immediacy and awareness of the moment happening in the now, as the participating artists are coming together to experience this momentary performance and sharing the gift of their art with the community. This project is being presented to the public for free as homage to the Eugene community.

Collaborating composers are David C. Horton, Simon Hutchinson, and Mark Knippel of the UO School of Music. Horton is an M.F.A. candidate in Music Composition, Hutchinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Intermedia Music Technology and Music Composition, and Knippel is a M.F.A. candidate in Music Composition. Knippel has composed a horn and percussion ensemble for the bridge section, Horton has composed a flute solo and cello-flute duet for under and around the bridge, and Hutchinson has composed a horn, percussion, and glockenspiel ensemble for the finale around the pond.

Before the performance begins, the audience is invited to gather near the pond at the north end of Alton Baker Park at the Department of Dance information table. You can obtain the performance calendar for the School of Music and Dance 2010-2011 school year. There will also be a Donation Box at the information table for those who would like to show their support for this project.

When the music and dance begins, the audience is invited to choose their own viewing perspectives and to move freely through the park during the performance. The dance and music will begin on the DeFazio Bridge, then will move down under and around the bridge, and will finish around the pond. Following the performance, a Question and Answer session will be held at the information table. Please join the artists in a discussion of the performance and the creation process of this project.

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