FSU dance teacher receives two grants to support archiving of show history at New York Public Library
Donna Uchizono, Associate Professor at Florida State University Dance School, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and a grant from FSU Planning to support the archiving and preservation of his continuing work.
Through her company, Donna Uchizono Company (DUC), Uchizono will use the funding for the work and time archiving process covering the creation and performance of over 50 dance works at the New York Public Library for them. performing arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division at Lincoln Center. She will work with innovative archivist Cori Olinghouse, whose research focuses on how embodied practices come to life at the archive site.
“How grateful and honored I am to receive the National Endowment for the Arts Projects Grants and the FSU Planning Grant,” Uchizono said. “With the large amount of powerful work across the country, I am honored to be part of the esteemed list of artists and dance organizations.”
DUC, a New York-based contemporary dance company, has performed in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia and is one of 104 NEA grants for dance art projects in across America selected in this second round of grants for the arts. Funding of projects for fiscal year 2021.
“The recent funding for Donna Uchizono and her company is great news,” said James Frazier, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “After a year of financial difficulties in the performing arts sectors, the funds are sure to have a special impact.”
The project includes the preservation of Uchizono’s works, the development of an archiving methodology that reflects how embodied practices, such as dance, are archived and transmitted, and reveals historical economic upheavals that have had a significant impact. on the existing dance company model.
Uchizono said as big dance companies such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey are shrinking, new, more adaptable structures are constantly emerging. Knowledge about the changing landscape is invaluable to students who are future dance creators.
“As a dancer I feel like I am always struggling with the majesty of the word – I am a dancer, not a writer, and this archiving process allows me to document my work in a unique and profound way,” Uchizono said. . “Sharing new exploratory dance documentation methodologies with FSU students will show how the field of dance is leading the way in archival practices and teach them how to consider archiving their works as they go. of their career.
Its pedagogical approach will expose students to the preeminent collection of dance research material at the Performing Arts Library, understand the historical events that have shaped the current model of the dance company, and teach students how to view their choreographic works as a total set of the future.
“Professor Uchizono’s career archiving work is a wonderful example for our students, demonstrating the importance of dance and dance, as well as their cataloging and preservation for the history and understanding of our society” , said Frazier. “Uchizono’s work will be an important example and resource not only for our students, but also for people around the world.”