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“Water Study” Performance Reflects Timeless Beauty of Modern Dance

Georgian Court University Faculty and Guest Choreographers Present 1929 classic

Lakewood, N.J., May 3, 2011—Georgian Court University will present “Water Study,” the enduring classic by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, during the Faculty Choreography Show on Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Casino on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus.

The vintage piece, which was the first modern dance to be performed in complete silence, is performed barefoot by dancers who use only the rise and fall of their own breathing as non-musical rhythms for the dance. The work ebbs and flows with the dancers’ exhalations and the sound of their feet hitting the Casino stage. It is directed by Silvana Cardell, director of the GCU Department of Dance, and GCU choreographer William Robinson with score consultant Peter Bertini.

“This work is ageless,” says Ms. Cardell, who learned “Water Study” as a student at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. “It’s beautiful and it embraces the body and the natural rhythms produced by breath. This is part of the legacy of American modern dance choreography that has influenced dance all over the world.”

GCU secured permission from the nonprofit Dance Notation Bureau to reconstruct the performance using Labanotation, a shorthand of sorts that functions the same way for dance as a traditional score does for musicians. GCU student dancers also drew on Ms. Cardell’s experiences and “Water Study” videos to perfect their performance.

Guest choreographers Myra Bazell, co-director of the SCRAP Performance Group, and Merian Soto, one of the founding artistic directors of Pepatián, mentored and taught performing students in preparation for the show. The event also features “Interlude,” a work created by famed choreographer David Parsons who has collaborated with artists and institutions from the New York City Ballet to Earth, Wind, and Fire.

The Faculty Choreography Show is free and open to the public. For information, contact Ms. Cardell at 732.987.2170 or

MEDIA NOTE: To preview “Water Study,” see it performed by the Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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