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GVSU Music & Dance students participate in London Cultural Olympics

Date: July 9, 2012

GVSU Music & Dance students participating in 2012 London Cultural Olympiad

July 9, 2012


2:30 p.m.

Amsterdam, London, and Allendale, Michigan


The GVSU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Professor Henry Duitman, and
the GVSU Dance Ensemble, directed by Professor Shawn T Bible, will be
joining Kingston University and the Amsterdam Conservatory to
present Bodies in Motion, an interactive, transcontinental performance
taking place over three days in Amsterdam, London, and Allendale,

The brainchild of Kingston University music professor David Osbon, this
event is part of the Cultural Olympiad, a celebration of the 2012
London Olympic games through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts,
film and digital innovation. It will be the largest cultural celebration
in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

 On each of three days Bodies in Motion will feature a student
performing ensemble premiering a new composition written specifically
for this event. While they perform, student dancers from the other two
universities will be performing to the music, as well as triggering
music with their movements. As a final element, a newly created student
film will be combined with all performances. All of this will be
broadcast over the internet so that audiences at the three performing
locations, as well as throughout the world, can experience the complete

 On July 9/10 GVSU student dancers will be performing at the Allendale
campus as music ensembles from Kingston University and the Amsterdam
Conservatory perform. The dancers will be outfitted with special outfits
that contain Wii controllers so that their movements will trigger
specific pre-recorded music events. "Integrating Dance & Technology
has been an innovative choreographic experiment that highlights the
specific ways technology affects the movement of the physical body.  The
dancers kinesthetic performance triggers the athleticism of the Olympic
games while integrating the rapid growth in technological advances
inherent in our every day lives", said GVSU Dance professor Shawn T

 On July 12 the GVSU Symphony Orchestra will perform in Allendale as
dancers from the other two universities respond to the music. Fully
embracing today's technology, GVSU student composers Adam Cuthbert and
Daniel Rhode composed a work that combines traditional orchestra
instruments with a solo electric violin and several iPad performers.
"Adam and Dan have always been interested in combining technology with
tradition." remarked GVSU composition professor Bill Ryan. "Their new
work is what this event is all about, a celebration of the past
traditions of the Olympics, but with an eye on our modern times and a
look to the future."

A live web feed will begin on July 9, 2012 at

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