WAMFEST 2012 Brings Mark Morris, World-Renowned Dancer, Choreographer, and Director to FDU

MADISON, N.J. (March 14, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University's WAMFEST 2012 (The Words and Music Festival) will include world-renowned dancer, choreographer, and director, Mark Morris, on Tuesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall. Morris will be in conversation with WAMFEST Artist in Residence and FDU Visiting Writer, Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding). This event is free and open to the public.


Morris had the opportunity early in his career to perform with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980, and has since created more than 130 works for the company. From 1988-1991, he was the director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also much in demand as a ballet choreographer and has created eight works for the San Francisco Ballet.


Morris has also worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, English National Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In 2006, Morris received the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture. In 2007, he received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival lifetime achievement award. In 2010, he received the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society.


Stace is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and novelist. He has released fifteen music albums under his stage name John Wesley Harding. He has also written three novels under his real name, Wesley Stace. His most recent novel is Charles Jessold, Considered a Murderer, which has met with wide acclaim. 


WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by FDU’s Becton College and the Creative Writing Program that brings successful artists of various genres to the Madison campus to inspire and inform students who hope to one day follow in these artists’ creative footsteps. WAMFEST is an ongoing celebration and exploration of the relationship between creative writing and the popular arts; it brings together artists from various fields for unique conversations, collaborations, and performances. Recent guests have included, among many others, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Rosanne Cash, Paul Muldoon, and Eugene Mirman. WAMFEST has recently been singled out for recognition of its groundbreaking programming by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Admission to WAMFEST 2012 is free; however, due to space limitations, reservations are recommended. For more information, visit WAMFEST’s blog at http://wamfest.wordpress.com or contact David Daniel at ddaniel@fdu.edu. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.


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