NDNU Presents “An Evening with Anandha Ray,” January 25

Belmont, CA, January 17, 2008 — Notre Dame de Namur University will present an “Evening with Anandha Ray” as the internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance educator explores how dance, the poetry in the language of movement, communicates with viewers, January 25 at the NDNU Theatre.

Ray, founder and artistic director of Moving Arts Dance Center, was awarded the University’s prestigious Sister Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair for Visiting Scholars for this current semester. The chair, named in honor of Sr. Cunningham who was the 15th President of the University, was established to bring in outside scholars and outstanding academicians. The scholar is selected on the basis of their distinguished accomplishments and specialized knowledge that they can offer the University to enhance curriculum and provide a learning benefit to the student body.

Ray’s free-of-charge performance, “The Art of Movement: Art, Language or both,” will be held Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the NDNU Theatre located on the University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. Combining extensive research in choreography, authentic movement, and dance therapy, Ray developed “Expressive Movement Processing,” a training technique and choreographer’s tool for development of performance skills and original movement vocabulary that is emotionally compelling.

“The performance is sure to be impacting, highly educational, and a rich experience for anyone who loves the art of dance,” said Coleen Lorenz, Director of NDNU’s Dance Program.  “Anandha’s work is intensely passionate, encompassing both humor and grace. Her productions are just breathtaking to watch.”

Ray is a former assistant professor and director of the dance program at the University of the Pacific, and has lectured at several universities and colleges. Her choreography finds thematic relevance without abandoning athletic virtuosity and refined technique.

She holds two master’s degrees in dance and she has received many awards including induction into the Contra Costa County Women’s Hall of Fame, a citation from the US Senate for her contributions to the arts, selection as a San Francisco Bay Area visionary (Diablo Magazine: “21 Visionaries for the 21st Century” and “25 Women Leading the Way” 2005), and induction as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel for her contributions in dance.

For more information regarding an “Evening with Anandha Ray,” call the NDNU Box Office at (650) 508-3456 or boxoffice@ndnu.edu.