December 6, 2012

Artist Residencies at The Mondavi Center

Dance Theatre of Harlem's Virginia Johnson teaching a company class at the Sacramento Ballet.

As part of UC Davis, The Mondavi Center shares in the University’s service mission to reach out to our community with educational and other beneficial resources. Creating community-based artist residencies is one of the most important ways we do this. Indeed, many of the artists we work with are born communicators and teachers as well as great performers. While many visiting artists are on a tight tour schedule, which brings them in and out of town in a flash, at The Mondavi Center we are focused on shifting the touring model from “one night stands” to multi-day residencies around performances.
For example, when the Dance Theatre of Harlem visited The Mondavi Center in early November, artistic director Virginia Johnson taught a company class at the Sacramento Ballet, and company members taught classes at Sacramento State and Dixon High School. Here is a link to a video of Miss Johnson teaching the company class at the Sacramento Ballet.
Last week, the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation held a discussion with students from the UC Davis Department of Music's World Music class.

Members of the Jogha Hip Hop Foundation and UC Davis students.
This week Lucy Guerin, whose dance company is presenting three performances of Untrained at The Mondavi Center, will teach a master class at Natomas Charter School.

In fact, during the 2012–13 season 20 of our visiting artists will do approximately 50 different residency activities on campus and around the region.

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