Saturday, April 19, 2008
I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, “The Stanback” presents the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater (AGDT), a New York City based professional dance company. AGDT will engage the participants in a lecture-demonstration and various dance and choreography classes from Wednesday, April 16 until Saturday, April 19. On Friday, April, 18 at 7 p.m. the AGDT will perform a dance concert in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium on campus. Admission for the concert is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. There is no cost for students or children. Also performing with the dance theater will be the SC State’s own ‘Champagne Dancers’. All classes are open to the community. To sign up for a class, purchase tickets or for more information contact “The Stanback” 803. 536.7174.
Annabella Gonzalez, Mexican-born, is an experienced administrator and critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer and teacher. Trained in ballet, modern dance, and Mexican dance in Mexico, the United States and Europe, she performed in Switzerland and in New York before launching AGDT. She has created over 60 dances and teaches in the three languages - English, Spanish and French. She holds a master’s in Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College and provides special educational programs on Mexican Dance with original videos, masks, slides and photographs.
Now in its 31st year, in addition to superb dancing, great variety and humor in its full-length performances, AGDT also offers bilingual (English/Spanish) lecture demonstrations and residencies on various dance styles anywhere in the USA.
AGDT is the recipient of critical acclaim from major newspapers in New York and nationally. The company enjoys grants from major governmental organizations, foundations, and corporate and private sources. AGDT has appeared on many stages, including Joseph Papp's Latin Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and also offered a one-week educational demonstration in the Dominican Republic. Awards include an ACE Babby Quintero Award and a 2007 Proclamation by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Diverse programming is important to SC State. Strides in that direction reflect SC State University’s ongoing commitment to provide cultural programs for its students, faculty and staff, and surrounding and neighboring communities,” said Ellen Zisholtz, Director of the Stanback. “The Stanback in conjunction with English and Modern Languages, Physical Education and Visual and Performing Arts departments agree on the significance of exposure of this type.”
This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Performance Network and the Network of Cultural Centers of Color’s Artist of Color Performance Residency Program. Major contributors of the National Performance Network include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Major contributors of the Network of Cultural Centers of Color include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and S.I. Savings Bank.
The Network of Cultural Centers of Color is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to serving the needs of community-based organizations and artists of color. The National Performance Network is a group of cultural organizers and artists facilitating the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States. NPN serves artists, arts organizers, and a broad range of audiences and communities across the country through commissions, residencies, culture-centered community projects and other artistic activities. For more information about NCCC: www.folk.org/NCCC/membership.htm. For more information about NPN: www.npnweb.org.