SP.237: The Artist in the World

Instructor: Graham Ramsay, Bldg 24-604, xt. 8-0481

Spring 2007: Class #10, April 19, 2007

Deborah Abel , choreographer/dancer



  Deborah Abel has produced, choreographed, and danced in concerts of her own choreography since 1987. She was a finalist in the 1988 Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship Program in Choreography. Her piece, Night Song/Cool of the Day , was selected by a panel of judges to appear in the concert Boston Moves Downtown (1988) at the New England Life Hall. She choreographed and produced the concerts First Light (1988), Going Home (1989), and The Play of Consciousness (1990). In 1991, she produced an evening length work, The Perfect Relationship: A Dance Concert of Duets , in Boston and at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York . With a grant from the M.I.T. Council for the Arts, she premiered an evening length work, The Beauty Road: A Dance of Community , with guest artist singer/songwriter Carla Sciaky, at Kresge Auditorium, M.I.T., in 1992. In 1994, the Deborah Abel Dance Company presented and performed in Common Heart: A Benefit Concert for Christine O'Shea with the help of friends and other performers including singer Carol Maillard of Sweet Honey in the Rock and choreographer/dancer Dianne McIntyre. In 1996, at M.I.T.' s Kresge Auditorium, Abel premiered Eye of the Heart , an evening-length work featuring dancers, singers, musicians, and a collaboration with visual artist Pamela Shanley. Abel and resident composer Lee Perlman have also created and presented the Unraveling to the Source movement workshops. The workshops include Lovedancing: A Couples Movement Workshop and Creative Dance as Divine Worship . Deborah Abel received a B.A. in Dance from Connecticut College and a Certificate of Dance from the Laban School in London , England . In the 1980s she established a school of modern dance which continues to flourish. After being on leave for a few years to devote herself to being a parent (and running her school), she is returned to her choreography in 2007 and choreographed, produced and danced in The World is Breathing , a collaboration between musicians and the Deborah Abel Dance Company, which was presented at Kresge Auditorium in January 2007 (with grants from The MIT Council for the Arts and The Experimental Study Group at MIT).











Colonial Times review of The World is Breathing





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