NEA Supports Breaking Ground Dance Series

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts received a grant worth $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds will support the 2012-13 Breaking Ground Dance Series.

The NEA is supporting 863 organizations and individual writers across the country with grant funds. The CFA is the only dance presenter in Connecticut to receive support.

The Breaking Ground Dance Series at the Center for the Arts, now in its 12th season, features cutting-edge choreography, world-renowned companies, and companies pushing the boundaries of the art form. Upcoming performances this season include the Connecticut premiere of Connected (2011) by the Australian dance company Chunky Move on March 30-31, 2012. The work animates the physical connection between body and machine as dancers construct a kinetic sculpture designed by California-based artist Reuben Margolin. Past companies from the U.S. and abroad that have been featured on the Breaking Ground Dance Series include Bebe Miller Company, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, and Compagnie Marie Chouinard.

“Support from the National Endowment for the Arts has been central to our ability to fulfill our mission to become a vibrant center for dance in the State and to bring contemporary dance to audiences who might not otherwise be able to access it,” says Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts. “We are grateful for the vote of confidence that this grant implies.”