IUP Theater and Dance faculty members spend their summers doing exciting research through creative projects around the world. In summer 2010, associate professor of Dance Joan Van Dyke will travel to Athens, Greece, to present “Alignment for Character” for the Sixth International Festival of Making Theatre at the International Theatre of Changes.
The International Theatre of Changes’ primary goal is cooperation with theatres and professionals all over the world to bring opportunities for cultural exchange and sharing of techniques to participants. Hence the International Festival of Making Theatre. Founder Evdokimos Tsolakidis uses these experiences to shape the work of students in the theater who form acting groups that produce and perform works for the followup festival that takes place at the Theater of Changes every September.
Professor Van Dyke’s techniques for movement and character were used by her in support of her choreography of Darsa Farsa at the Dubrovnik International Festival in Croatia three years ago. Her next creative project will be The Red Shoes, to be developed over the next year and performed at IUP in April 2011.