Tuesday, April 28, 2015

[336] The art of the dance takes center stage on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — The enduring beauty of Loie Fuller’s choreography is the subject of the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Jessica Lindberg Coxe, a ballet performance instructor with the Greater Austin Dance Academy of Austin, Texas, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

Students from MTSU’s Women in Dance course will perform “La Mer” by Loie Fuller under Coxe’s direction at 7:30 p.m. March 26, 27 and 28 in Tucker Theatre.

This 2015 MTSU Spring Dance Concert is also part of the university’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

Fuller’s choreography and lighting techniques were considered daring for the early 20th century. With flowing silk billowing and various colors illuminating the dancers, Fuller’s revolutionary work paved the way for such artists as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham.

Coxe’s resume includes career stints with the Martha Graham School and the Oona Haaranen Dance Company in New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dance performance from Southern Methodist University and her master’s degree in dance notation, reconstruction and directing from score from The Ohio State University.

“It doesn’t matter what body you have,” said Coxe. “There are bodies of different shapes and sizes all throughout history. What matters is your passion. All of the people that we meet in dance history had passion for what they were doing. And they might not have looked the part, but they made their own part.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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