RWU Magazine - Fall 2013 / Issue #9 - page 14

RWU {Fall 2013}
On the Waterfront
or most
, the word
might evoke a graceful
en pointe
ballet or a spirited leap across the stage. Few would
imagine gravity-defying acrobatics, suspended 20 feet high on a
wide silk ribbon. For sophomore Claudia Rightmire – who
includes just that in her repertoire – dancing can encompass many
forms. If you harbor dreams of becoming an aerial dance artist,
Rightmire recommends the following tried-and-true journey.
Ever Wondered How To…
a passion for circus performance as a 9-year-old in dance
class in Sarasota, Fla. – which, not coincidentally, is home
to the headquarters of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
to juggle and ride a unicycle – even work as a clown at birthday parties!
While acting in local circus shows, fall in love with aerial work.
during your first trapeze act, but power through it to finish the performance
without missing a beat – a skill you will exercise on many stages.
circus training, dancing and academic work all through high
school. Focusing your college career on your first love, become a
dance and documentary journalism double major at RWU.
the fun, lighthearted energy of circus performance into your
dance choreography, no matter how serious the piece.
your future career documenting the varieties of cultural dance
styles and how dance merges with other art forms to birth
something altogether new.
A New Generation
Explores the
Lost Generation
Nearly a century ago, a wave of American expats dissatisfied
with a life of repression in the U.S. – from Prohibition to sexual
mores to politics – flooded Paris in search of a culture that
granted the freedom to find themselves. This past summer,
American studies faculty member Laura D’Amore and 20 of her
students followed in their footsteps, quite literally. They studied
what it meant to be an American in Paris in the 1920s through
’40s, when some of the most revered American artists and
intellectuals – from Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein to
Josephine Baker – crafted the ideas and art now considered so
essentially American. If you find yourself in
La Ville-Lumiere
anytime soon, here are a few stops to add to your agenda.
For full effect, students were required to journal from cafés
and public spaces, just like Hemingway. Plaques abound
in Paris, denoting the spots where Papa worked, D’Amore
says. “In Paris, Hemingway was allowed to experiment
and to watch – to imagine and see situations. Art was
created in the public sphere.”
The Hemingway Café Challenge
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