Dance lovers will have a chance to chat with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Bill Evans on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Mercyhurst College’s danceSpace studios. The event is free and open to the public.
Evans is in residence with the Mercyhurst College Dance Department through Oct. 28 to stage his work Passion Song, teach master classes in modern dance and tap and perform with The Mercyhurst Dancers in their fall concert "Leaps and Bounds." Evans and Mark Santillano, an assistant professor of dance at Mercyhurst, will perform a tap duet "Yes Indeed!" choreographed by Evans.
Performances of Leaps and Bounds are scheduled Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst. Call 824-3000 for reservations.
Evans was artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company (based in Seattle and Albuquerque) for 30 years and founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992. He was formerly artistic coordinator, choreographer and dancer for Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre and artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and its professional training programs.
He has choreographed more than 200 works for more than 60 professional companies throughout the world and been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 75 other awards from public and private arts agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He earned BA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst with both LIMS and IMS. He was a professor of dance at the Universities of Utah, Washington, Indiana and New Mexico and is currently an artist in residence at the State University of New York College at Brockport Department of Dance.