April 20, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell Dance Company has been invited to perform in China this summer at the "Ode to Peace" International Youngsters Art and Culture Festival.

Er-Dong Hu, associate professor of dance at Bucknell, said the festival, sponsored jointly by UNESCO and the Chinese government, will take place over a one-week period in August. The dancers will leave the U.S. Aug. 13 and return Aug. 26.

In addition to groups from across China, many other countries are expected to participate, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia. "At this time, the only representatives from the U.S. who have been invited to participate are the 20 members of the Bucknell dance
community," Hu said.                                                        The Bucknell Dance Company in performance. 
                                                                                            

The festival's opening night, which will be broadcast live on national Chinese Central television, will feature performing stars from across China and will include one dance performance by the Bucknell company.

As part of the cultural exchange, other Bucknell pieces will be performed in surrounding cities throughout the course of the festival. Those cities include Beijing, Peng Lai and Yen Tai.

"This tour will be an incredible performance opportunity," said Hu. "Considering our dance program is only a minor, it is aligned with the values of a liberal arts education in experiencing the rich history and culture of China in an artistic exchange."

The company's repertoire will include seven to eight pieces, ranging in style from ballet to classical tap.

Financial support for the tour is provided by the Association for the Arts, the Office of the President, and the Office of the Provost.

Posted April 19, 2006

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