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Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138
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Leslie Weddell
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HOMECOMING SHOWCASES NEW ARTS CENTER
WITH AERIAL DANCERS ON, IN & AROUND BUILDING

Weekend's events note alumni dedication, CC innovation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 3, 2008 – The world-renowned aerial dance company Project Bandaloop will perform for the dedication of Colorado College’s new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center during Colorado College’s 2008 Homecoming and Parents Weekend, Oct. 10-12,  an event celebrating alumni, students and parents.

Cascade Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, from Cache La Poudre to Dale streets for the Bandaloop performance. It also will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 to 2 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, from Uintah Avenue to Dale Street for homecoming festivities.

The dedication of CC’s new $33.4 million, interdisciplinary arts building will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, with a mini-performance by Project Bandaloop and award-winning architect Antoine Predock, designer of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, in attendance. Project Bandaloop, which merges sport, ritual and environmental awareness, will create a site-specific event as they perform on, in and around the spacious new arts center. Their performance will be a soaring exploration of movement and gravity, nature and construction, in spirit of the innovation of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center.

Other Project Bandaloop performances during Homecoming and Parents Weekend include:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, on the front exterior of the building
  • 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the building’s spacious interior
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, on the building’s exterior

Following the dedication of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center is the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the South Theatre of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. The 2008 recipients of the Louis T. Benezet Award for career achievement are world-famous ragtime pianist Max Morath ’48; award-winning artist and illustrator Bonnie Timmons ’73; and director of Stanford University’s human computer interaction program Terry Winograd ’66. The Lloyd E. Worner Award for remarkable efforts on behalf of the college will be presented to NASA lead writer Edward Goldstein ’79, and the Gresham Riley Award recognizing faculty, administrators and staff who have made a significant difference to the college will be presented to Assistant Vice President for Advancement Diane Brown Benninghoff ’68, and Music Professor Michael Grace ‘63.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center also will be the site of several student and faculty performances.

The new, modern version of Moliere’s “Scapin(a)” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9; 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10; and  7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Cornerstone Arts Center Main Space. It’s a knockabout, semi-improvised play of thwarted young love, and has been adapted by Associate Drama/Dance Professor Andrew Manley to the “here-and-now” of Colorado Springs.

“CC Composers and Their Muses,” a program featuring musical performances by CC faculty, will be held at the the Cornerstone Arts Center South Theatre at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will include performances by Stephen Scott, Ofer Ben-Amots, Victoria Hansen, Paul Nagem, Jeri Jorgensen, Katharine Knight and Susan Grace.
 
CC talent will continue to highlight cutting-edge attributes of the new interdisciplinary arts center with a selection of short films, produced by CC students since 1994, in the Cornerstone Arts Center Screening Room at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., on Saturday Oct. 11.

One of the weekend’s highlights is the traditional Tiger Walk Parade of Classes, which is led by the Tunjung Sari gamelan band, dressed in traditional Balinese costume. Gamelan is an orchestra characterized by a great variety of percussion instruments. The parade of classes begins at 1 p.m. at Armstrong Quad, and heads across campus to Stewart Field for the CC’s men’s soccer game.

The Project Bandaloop performances tie in with an architecture exhibit that will be on display in the I.D.E.A. (Inter-Disciplinary Experimental Arts) Space in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center at the same time.

The Architecture of Desire Part 1 exhibition, which runs Sept. 5 though Oct. 22, takes the new building and its site as inspiration. Using the Cornerstone Arts Center’s unique architecture as a springboard, The Architecture of Desire explores the idea that every building has a philosophy, a set of guiding principles that define its purpose and therefore its structure. By allowing or prohibiting certain movements or actions, a building’s structure in turn influences our beliefs and behaviors.

Featuring site-specific installations by internationally renowned contemporary artists Cristina Iglesias, Runa Islam and Lida Abdul, this two-part exhibition uncovers the ways in which architecture reflects our worldviews, shapes our actions, and constructs our desires. The Architecture of Desire Part II: Lida Abdul will open in The I.D.E.A. Space on November 3.

Classes celebrating reunions this year are: ’48, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’74, ’78, ’79, ’83, ’88, ’98, ’03 and '07. For more information, go to http://www.coloradocollege.edu/Alumni/HomecomingReunions/

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the events, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,985 undergraduate students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu <http://www.ColoradoCollege.edu>

NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution photographs of Project Bandaloop are available for download at www.ColoradoCollege.edu/News_Events/Photos. Please add proper photo credits when used.