The University Dance Theater, SJSU Dance Program’s advanced performing ensemble, has been selected to perform at Jacob’s Pillow this August. A tremendous honor and opportunity for the dance majors and faculty members that will travel to this historic dance site to present the work And Suddenly We See, choreographed by Professors Heather Cooper and Raphael Boumaïla. We are asking the Dance Community and the San José State community to help support this tour.
When you give to this campaign you are contributing to student success. The students involved have dedicated a full year’s work into And Suddenly We See. The creation and rehearsal process began in August of 2018. Students rehearsed three hours per day, first performed it in November, presented it at the American College Dance Association conference, performed it again for the UDT season in April, will continue rehearsing this summer, and will then perform it on August 22 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts. This campaign will raise the funds necessary to pay for flights and accommodations.
Being selected is a major triumph for SJSU’s Dance Program. The work was first selected for the West Region’s American College Dance Association Gala performance and was later selected by the Jacob’s Pillow committee (out of approximately 5,000 dances) to be performed as a part of the Inside OutConcert.
Jacob’s Pillow has been called “the dance center of the Nation” (The New York Times) and the “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine). It exists to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. An important site for national and international dance, the property was declared a National Historic Landmark District by the federal government as “an exceptional cultural venue that holds value for all Americans.” It is the only dance entity in the U.S. to receive this honor. When presenting Jacob’s Pillow with the National Medal of Arts, President Barack Obama said “Thousands of people, of all ages, from across the United States and the world, have Jacob’s Pillow to thank for opening their horizons to dance.”
The University Dance Theater provides dance majors with incredible performing opportunities, rigorous training, and first-hand experience of what it is like to work in a dance company. Traveling to Jacob’s Pillow and performing on one of Dance’s biggest stages is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These students will enter into a site that holds some of the dance world’s richest history. This is an amazing learning opportunity and a chance to meet other dance artists from around the world. We are asking for your help so please make your gift today!
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A donation at this level will pay for one night of hotel accommodations for one student.