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Visiting artist-in-residence to present ‘A Dance Narrative’ at Forum
3/04/10

Professor Robert K. Bingham, visiting artist-in- residence in dance at Alfred University, will present “Feeding the Ghosts: A Dance Narrative” on Thursday, March 18, during AU’s Bergren Forum, 12:10 p.m., in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. This event is free of charge and open to public.

Bingham will explore his recent investigations of butoh, a contemporary Japanese dance form, Tibetan Buddhism, and the principle of “touching limits” in dance. He will focus on his experience of intensively studying Butoh Ritual Mexicano in Tlalpujahua, Mexico, last December, during a week that included “nearly non-stop provocation, substantial discomfort, and fleeting moments of transcendence.” Bingham will relate these explorations to his current choreographic and performance work, including a solo installation project called “Feeding the Ghosts.”

Bingham holds a bachelor of arts degree in dance from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and a master of fine arts degree in dance from the State University of New York at Brockport, where he was a Pylyshenko-Strasser Award recipient.

Prior to attending graduate school, Bingham danced with several New York-based companies and artists including De Facto Dance, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Jennifer Monson. More recently, Bingham has created dances with Kelly Donovan, dance scholar Sondra Fraleigh, and butoh expert/choreographer Lani Weissbach. Bingham is also a featured dancer in the dance-on-film “Broken Images,” which has been shown nationally.

For more information about his workshop in Mexico, contact Bingham at binghamr@alfred.edu.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.