The Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. will give a performance, All I Know: A Dancer s Life On Stage and Back Stage, at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in Shriver Hall on The Johns Hopkins University s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.
All I Know is about artistic director Eva Anderson s life as a dance artist and about the lives of all dance artists. It takes the audience behind the scenes and backstage with the dancers, where what happens is often just as important and dramatic as what takes place in front of the curtains.
Eva Anderson trained under Martha Graham follower Zoe Warren and studied modern dance techniques with disciples of Paul Taylor and Merce Cunningham. In addition, she studied ballet with Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theatre teachers and African dance with Olatunji, the noted Nigerian dancer and drummer. Anderson has taught dance at Adelphi University, Goucher College and Howard Community College. She began her company in 1975 as a community arts program for inner city youth at Dunbar High School. In 1980, it was incorporated as the Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. with non-profit status. In 1982 and 1986, she was awarded the Maryland State Choreographers Fellowship and in 1986 the first Work-In- Progress grant for a dance, Sonata No. 1. Anderson is Maryland s most awarded choreographer. The dance scenes in Barry Levinson s movie Avalon are her work, and her history appears in the newly published Women of Achievement in Maryland History.
For 25 years, the Eva Anderson Dancers have thrilled audiences throughout Europe and the United States with a unique style created from elements of modern, ballet, African and African-American dance forms. The Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. are currently in residence at the Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City, Md.
This performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events, now in its 35th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus. The event is co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Admission is free. For information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.
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