Anne Bluethenthal and Anne Bluethenthal Dancers go to Russia for Intercultural Dance FestivalPosted on Aug 22 2012

Anne Bluethanthal, core faculty in the Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program, and her ensemble, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers (ABD), have been honored with an invitation from Link Vostok, cultural and organizational liaison with the International East-West Arts Exchange to attend the International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga in Yaroslavl, Russia, this Aug. 7-29.

Artistic Director, Bluethenthal, along with ensemble member Frances Sedayao, will teach, collaborate, and perform at this 10-day festival where choreographers from around the world will meet, share ideas, learn, and perform. This is a unique opportunity for ABD to bring its work to the international arena and deepen its global impact while learning from and collaborating with a diverse group of artists.

Participation in the festival marks ABD's first tour to Russia. They look forward to learning and expanding their artistic vision, and to building partnerships with artists from around the world. In Yaroslavl, they will dive into engaging and provocative work, performing both in the theatre and in non-traditional sites, including the Volga River promenade and Yaroslavl's Kremlin.

As the artistic director, Bluethenthal's current passions center around creating new economies of artistic exchange, injecting dance into the everyday, and blurring the boundaries between formal concert dance and community arts practices. She is currently working on community collaborations in public urban spaces, inquiring into the untold stories and unheard voices found in the Tenderloin National Forest project in San Francisco and with the Urban Bush Women in New Orleans. In addition to serving on the faculty at CIIS, Bluethenthal is also a member of the Women's Spirituality MA program at Institute for Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University, and the Academy of Art University.

Celebrating 28 years of multi-cultural, feminist modern dance, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, continue to demonstrate their commitment to inspiring social change through the arts, and developing dance through engagement and collaboration with diverse communities to be showcased in both formal and informal settings.



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