The Kentucky Center for The Performing Arts has taken up a new dance initiative (do to a lot of hard work from a certain Mr. Nick Covault). A big part of that initiative is bringing in world class dance companies to work in our community. We were lucky enough to get the time and talent of the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company who, outside of modern dance, do a lot of community building in health care facilities for patients and caregivers.
From January 20th to January 30th, The Kentucky Center hosted a Louisville residency for the artists of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT). Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the residency consisted of more than 20 activities that included a public performance of mixed rep in the Bomhard Theater, workshops, classes, artist professional development sessions, and more. During their stay in Louisville, The Kentucky Center connected SPDT to more than 750 students, patients, caregivers, veterans, and everyday citizens who are curious about dance. Residency partners included Arts in Healing sites: the Alzheimer’s Association, University of Louisville Medical School, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center and Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, as the Compassionate Schools Project, Western Middle School, and Roots & Wings, just to name a few.