Noted choreographer to be in residence
One of the country’s leading dance instructors will spend time this fall working with Kansas University dance students.
Sarah Stackhouse, who danced with the Jose Limon Company from 1958 to 1969 as principal dancer and partner to Limon, will be in residence in early September on the KU campus.
“She will be here in early September for two weeks and then she’s off to France at the end of September to do a mounting of a Limon work,” said Muriel Cohan, an associate professor of dance at Kansas University who has studied with Stackhouse.
At KU, Stackhouse will teach technique classes and mount excerpts from “Choreographic Offering.”
Stackhouse also was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; Louis Falco and Dancers; The Workgroup, directed by Daniel Nagrin; and Annabelle Gamson Dance Solos. Inc.
After a 20-year absence from the troupe, she returned to the Limon Dance Company as rehearsal director and coach. She has revived and set Limon’s works on national ballet companies in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Germany and France. She also has worked with the Paris Opera, “Nureyev and Friends,” the Ohio Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and various universities. She has set Limon’s works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and for the 2001 Jacob’s Pillow Gala.
Last year, as a cultural specialist for the U.S. State Department, she gave master classes in Rome, Perugia and Florence in Italy .
Stackhouse has taught at the Juilliard School, American Dance Festival and the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College in New York. She has been in residence as a teacher in Europe, India, China, Hong Kong and the United States. She just returned from a month-long residence to the ATV Academy for Performing Arts in Guangdong Province in China.
Patrick Suzeau, a dance instructor at KU, was one of Stackhouse’s students at the Juilliard School.
“She’s extraordinary her depth of understanding of the human body combined with her exquisite aesthetic sense,” Suzeau said. “She created movement phrases that were organic and technically challenging.”
Here are the dance events planned at Kansas University this school year:Aug. 28: University Dance Company auditions, 7 p.m., studio 242, Robinson Center.Oct. 5: Dance Day, master classes for secondary school students, 10 a.m.-4p.m., dance studios, Robinson Center.Nov. 21-22: University Dance Company with Cohan/Suzeau, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center.Dec. 4-5: New Dance/Theatre/Music, 7:30 p.m., Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Theatre, studio 240, Robinson Center.Jan. 22: University Dance Company auditions, 7 p.m., studio 242, Robinson Center.March 1: Dance scholarship auditions, 1 p.m., studios 240 and 242, Robinson Center.April 24-25: University Dance Company with Cohan/Suzeau, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center.April 30-May 1: New Dance/Theatre/Music, 7:30 p.m., Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Theatre, studio 240, Robinson Center.