Martin on the Road
Sharir Goes InternationalFor you folks who have missed the Sharir Dance Company performing Dervishing, José Luis Bustamante's dance inspired by the whirling dervishes of the Melevi order, you have another chance to see it next week. There's just one catch... you have to go to
Tel Aviv. That's where the company will be, taking part in the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition, a truly transglobal event featuring choreographers from nine countries. (It's SDC's second appearance there; in 1992, both company founder Yacov Sharir and Bustamante were chosen to compete.) Israel is SDC's second international stop this fall. It was in Rotterdam last month for the Future Moves Festival. Sharir was invited to present his Hollow Ground/Cyborg Dances and speak on his pioneering work with digitized dance. The company flies home to open its 14th season November 15 at the McCullough Theatre, UT campus. Call 458-8158 for info.
HonorsThe Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) has announced the recipients of its Fellowships in Painting and Works on Paper, and two Austin artists are among the 25 honorees. Sydney Yeager and Jake Gilson will both receive $5,000 fellowships. The news is bittersweet because it's the last year MAAA will dispense the awards. The program has been partially funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, and recent Congressional dictates prohibit the agency from supporting programs that grant fellowships to individual artists. (Thanks, Congress!) Ah well, kudos to Gilson and Yeager for making the final cut.
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