YDL to Host The Dancer Within Exhibit

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What compels people to dance? What fuels the choreographer’s creative vision? Why do most dancers devote their entire lives to this art form? Many artists refer to a spirit within that defines and drives their need to move, to create, to dance. It is this spirit that is explored in the evocative Smithsonian traveling exhibition “The Dancer Within.”

Featuring 48 color and black-and-white photographs by dancer-turned-photojournalist Rose Eichenbaum, the exhibition will be on view at the Ypsilanti District Library at 5577 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti, Michigan, April 5 through June 1.

“Visually, the exhibition captures a moment in the life of a dancer,” said Eichenbaum. “Viscerally, it reflects how dance speaks to the social and cultural issues of our times and has the power to express the deepest of human emotions.” Rose Eichenbaum will be the opening speaker on Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 pm at YDL-Whittaker Road. The program is free and open to the public.

“The Dancer Within” was created by Rose Eichenbaum, organized for travel by SITES and made possible through the generous support of United Dance Merchants of America, presenter of National Dance Week. Additional support has been provided by The Enchanted Garden Conservatory of Music, Dance & Drama in Ridgefield, Conn. “The Dancer Within,” from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), will continue on a national tour through 2010.

Call 482-4110 ext. 1303 for more information about the programs being offered to augment the exhibit. In April and May, the library will offer a seven-week series, “Dance in the Movies,” on Mondays. On Saturdays during the exhibit’s tenure at YDL-Whittaker Road, our community will have the opportunity to view a variety of dancers performing their craft: tap, modern, flamenco, ballet and ballroom. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs.

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