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Dancer/Choreographer David Appel
to Visit UW-Eau Claire as Artist in Residence

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2006

David Appel
David Appel

EAU CLAIRE — Dancer and choreographer David Appel will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as artist in residence for the department of music and theatre arts Friday Sept. 29 through Monday, Oct. 9. He will hold a master class, open to the public, at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Room 105 of the McPhee Physical Education Center.

In addition to the master class, Appel will serve as guest lecturer in the "Dance Appreciation" and "Advanced Modern Dance" classes and will choreograph a new work for the Concert Dance Company. Appel has a background in a variety of techniques, including modern, release, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, contact and other improvisation forms, movement re-education and healing.

Philadelphia born Appel began his formal dance training in his second year of college, but the formation of his individual style began long before that. The freestyle dancing coming into vogue during the mid-late 1960s acted as a creative outlet and his means for discovering a quirky musicality. This social dancing, prevalent during his junior high school and high school years, laid the groundwork for an unusually visceral play of time and a use of improvisation that are among the signature threads running through his dances.

Appel has served on the faculty at New York University, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and George Washington University. His work has taken him throughout North America and Europe. His work is described as an idiosyncratic amalgam of dogged movement exploration, pointed intellectual curiosity, an underlying stream of social conscience and oddball humor.

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