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On the occasion of their AGM Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, is delighted to announce in partnership with Bealtaine Festival:

PUBLIC LECTURE “Socially Engaged Art?”

Peter DiMuro, dance artist and producer in conversation with Willie White, artistic director Project Arts Centre

Venue: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin Date; 21 May 2008 Time: 4.30 pm

Socially engaged art? Peter DiMuro in conversation with Willie White will explore this provocative and ill-defined term. Drawing on 25 years experience as a collaborative dance artist Peter DiMuro will tease out the subtler nuances of this practice, challenging reductive concepts of collaborative arts process and practice.

Peter DiMuro has performed and collaborated with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange since 1993, and was named Producing Artistic Director in 2006. Since earning a BFA in Theatre from Drake University and an MFA from Connecticut College, Peter has performed in a range of dance works by contemporary masters from Ted Shawn to Liz Lerman, as an actor, in musical theater, and as Drosselmeier in the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker. Peter has created new works for his former Boston-based company, Peter DiMuro Performance Associates, as well as for Dance Umbrella/Boston, Boston Ballet II, Auras Theatre/Lithuania, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland and for the Something Different series at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Peter was named a 1995 Mayor of Boston/ProArts Public Service in the Arts Award recipient, a White House Millennial Artist in 2000, and has received grants from the National Performance Network, Artists’ Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Peter has spoken on engaging communities in art-making at the National GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educators Network) Conference, state arts councils in Oklahoma, Ohio and New Hampshire and as a guest of the National Dance Academy (Mexico City) and Firkin Crane Institute (Cork, Ireland). Most recent choreography for theatre includes work with Open Circle Theater’s production “Songs For A New World” and Joe Banno’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Folger Theatre. Current Dance Exchange projects include the touring works, “The Farthest Earth From Thee”, commissioned by VSA Arts and “Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle”.

Willie White has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, Dublin since 2002. He is responsible for the financial and artistic performance of the organisation and for commissioning, co-production and programming for two performance spaces and occasional off-site projects. Recent projects include We Are Here 3.0, a festival of outdoor and site specific performance presented in partnership with Dublin Docklands Development Authority (2008); Track, a walking tour by Brokentalkers (2006 & 2008); does she take sugar? a solo contemporary dance piece commissioned by Project Arts Centre and co-produced with Jean Butler (2007/8); Match, a short film for RTÉ/The Arts Council's Dance on the Box scheme (2006); The Theatricality of Cinema, a season of films programmed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Desperate Optimists) in association with the Irish Film Institute. (2006).Before Project Arts Centre, he worked for RTÉ, the Irish public service broadcaster, for four years, mostly on television arts programmes.

Willie's freelance work includes serving as Artistic Director for Dublin Youth Theatre in 2007 and 2008 and curating the 2007 Annual Conference of Theatre Forum, featuring keynote speaker Fiona Shaw. He is a director of TASCQ Temple Bar (Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter) for whom he has addressed Dublin Chamber of Commerce. He has contributed articles to a number of arts publications as well as to The Irish Times and Dubliner Magazine. Willie is a graduate of TCD and UCD where he read English and Irish Theatre respectively.

The event is free to all but places do need to be booked. This event is followed by a wine reception. All welcome.

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