July 23, 2012 5:43 AM
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
While members of the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance are in New Jersey competing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the New York–based dance ensemble Urban Bush Women is on campus hosting its National Summer Leadership Institute.
The high-tech dance troupe Lightwire Theater, led by co-founder and artistic director Ian Carney (Tulane class of 1990), has reached the semifinals of the national talent show. In addition to gaining mass recognition, the winning act takes home a $1 million prize.
Carney and his wife, Eleanor Carney, who performed in the semifinals on Tuesday (July 17), are adjunct dance professors at Tulane and have performed with Summer Lyric Theatre. Also in the Lightwire troupe are Michael Quintana (Tulane class of 2009) and Tulane student Camille Lavoie (class of 2013).
Utilizing illuminated, full-body puppetry, the company tours extensively, with their take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” slated for August in Hong Kong, and the troupe’s own “Darwin the Dinosaur” scheduled in Russia for October and November. Maybe Lightwire will be the next winning act to headline a show in Las Vegas!
As for the internationally renowned Urban Bush Women, the group invites the public to attend its three free performances on Saturday (July 28).
The first performance begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Christian Unity Baptist Church located at 1700 Conti St. in the Treme neighborhood. The second performance begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in Central City. And the final performance of the day begins at 5 p.m. at the Tekrema Center for Arts and Culture at 5640 Burgundy St. in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Performances will feature the participants from this week’s dance and leadership workshops taking place on the uptown campus. This year’s theme is “Wealth: Reclaiming and Reframing.”
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