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Dancer and choreographer Kathy Wasik performs her new work Zero on September 17, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar alumna, dancer, and choreographer Kathy Wasik ’04 will perform her new work Zero at the college on Friday, September 17, in the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. Free and open to the public, the evening will begin with a pre-performance conversation by mathematics major Wasik at 7:00pm. She will discuss the integration of mathematics and dance in Zero and her other works. The performance will begin at 8:00pm. There is limited seating on a first come, first served basis. For tickets, email dancetix@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-7470 for further information.

Zero has been described as a “personal, mathematic journey into numerics and neuroses that combines absurd humor with a spirit of abandon to touch upon some of the mathematical, physical, and spiritual aspects of the number.”

In a recent interview (For Arbors / For Satellites), Wasik noted that: “I find math and dance to be incredible systems for describing the world in which we live. Zero, along with probably all mathematical concepts, can be represented physically. In Zero, there is a parent phrase of movement that gets increasingly smaller as the piece goes on. Beyond that, the world of Zero includes zero space – a four-walled structure, with each wall comprised of two antique wooden ladders – as well as chaotic space, characterized by entertaining aberrations that include wind-up toys and a singing alarm clock.”

Kathy Wasik attended the Joffrey Ballet School then received a degree in mathematics from Vassar College. She has worked with Drastic Action/Aviva Geismar, Tommy Noonan, and Regina Nejman & Company.

This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Carolyn Grant ’36 Endowment.

About the Department of Dance

The Department of Dance offers a non-major, elective course of study at Vassar. The faculty consists of three full-time professors (Jeanne Periolat Czula, John Meehan, Stephen Rooks), one full-time lecturer of dance and drama (Katherine Wildberger), and one part-time jazz instructor (Abby Saxon). Dance’s resident lighting designer, David Ferri, lights all dance department productions. There are three adjunct artists who serve as accompanists and who compose, direct, and sometimes perform with the student company, theVassar Repertory Dance Theatre, which is directed by John Meehan (http://dance.vassar.edu/).

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 8, 2010