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Gesel Mason

How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert or What in the Hell Are They Doing on Stage?

Ever went to a modern or contemporary dance concert and felt completely lost? Gesel Mason offers this hilarious, but true, primer called "How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert or What in the Hell are They Doing on Stage?" just in time for Artomatic.

"Gesel Mason's 'How to Watch a Modern Dance Concert, or What in the Hell are They Doing on Stage?' was even funnier than it's title, and wickedly on the mark..." -- Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post

About Gesel Mason:

Gesel Mason is Co-founder of Mason/Rhynes Productions (www.mason-rhynes.org) and Artistic Director of Gesel Mason Performance Projects (www.gmasonprojects.com). Gesel has performed with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, Jacek Luminski, Ralph Lemon and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Ms. Mason's solo project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, includes work by Robert Battle, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, David Rousséve, Reggie Wilson, Andrea Woods, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. It received two Metro DC Dance Awards in 2007 for Outstanding Individual Performance and Outstanding Overall Production - Small Venue.

Gesel has been in residence at schools and universities across the country including Columbia College, University of Maryland, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is sought out for her ability to work with diverse populations and traveled to Poland and Serbia where she led workshops and performances for mixed-abilities dance groups. Gesel was selected Emerging Choreographer by the Bates Dance Festival in 2000, and received a 2007 Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her new project Women, Sex, and Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like A Ho, Sometimes You Don't will be presented by the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts in College Park, MD in March 2010.

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