Wednesday April 11, 2007

Dance Meets Nanotechnology at Stander

Dance meets nanotechnology down by the riverside during "Evening at the Stander: A Celebration of the Arts" an annual showcase of artistic student achievement 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at the Victoria Theater.

A highlight of this year's program is expected to be "Water Under the Bridge" a multi-media performance directed and choreographed by artist-in-residence Sharon Leahy, which focuses on rivers and incorporates some of the most cutting-edge science from the University of Dayton Research Institute's Nano Engineering Science and Technology Laboratory.

"I want to show how the arts can connect to and elaborate on environmental issues," Leahy said. The work integrates the perspective of UD's River Stewards program, microscopic images from UDRI's nanotechnology labs with dancers and the students of ArtStreet, a UD residence dedicated to the arts, she said.

The Celebration of Arts program is a showcase of scholastic work, featuring about 200 students from a variety of majors, performing in works ranging from opera to gospel music with excursions into dance and the visual arts.

Performing at the celebration will be the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dance Ensemble, Ebony Heritage Singers, among others. University poet-in-residence Herbert W. Martin will act as master of ceremonies.

According to Kathy Webb, dean of university libraries and co-chair, the event allows visual and performing arts students to show off their academic achievements in a professional setting.

The evening art celebration is part of the 19th annual Stander Symposium April 17-18, which highlights academic achievements of students through presentations, discussions and performances. Named in honor of former UD provost Joseph W. Stander, S.M., the symposium celebrates academic excellence, collaborations and many forms of intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth.

The Celebration of the Arts is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required and is available through the Kennedy Union box office. With advance registration, vouchers for tickets will be available and must be exchanged for general admission tickets before the event at the Victoria Theatre. For more information go to http://stander.udayton.edu/or call the Kennedy Union box office at 937-229-2545.