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UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM - The University of California at Santa Barbara - 805 893 4608

The Power and Passion of Dance:
An Exhibition of 70 silver gelatin prints dated from 1908 to 1999

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Martha Graham
Martha Graham in Letter to the World, 1941
Photograph by Barbara Morgan, American, 1900-1992 - Courtesy of Carol Halsted


Two passions, two art forms, one collection: The University Art Museum's summer exhibition, The Power and Passion of Dance: The Carol Halsted Dance Photography Collection presents the fusion of these two forms of expressions - dance and photography. The Carol Halsted collection reflects a life-long love and involvement with these art forms, and explores choreographic moments uniquely captured through the medium of photography.

Over 70 gelatin prints from 1908 to 1999 reveal the immense grace, beauty, and strength associated with dance.

On View: The exhibition runs from July 8 through August 31, 2003.

Gallery Hours:
Tues from 12-8pm; and Wed thru Sun from 12-5pm.

Susan Jordan- 805-893-4608

"Photography is all about arresting motion, after all, while dance is about liberating it," comments David Lyman in the exhibition catalog for The Power and Passion of Dance. "Photography seizes on a single moment, apprehends it, and then brings it to bay, while dance strings together hundreds of those same movements in the hope that they will meld together into a cohesive work." This exhibition carries the two into collaboration, utilizing photographs to create unceasing images "forever living in that dazzling choreographic moment that reality could sustain only for the briefest moment.

The photographs collected by Carol Halsted, follow dance through its development in the early 20th century, with images of seminal figures in the history of dance such as Ana Pavlov, Isadora Duncan, and Ruth St. Denis; to the originators of modern dance, including Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham; and into more recent expressions of Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, David Parsons and Mikhail Baryshnikov as well as figures from classical ballet including the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. The photographers are equal to their subjects and include Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Leibovitz, Barbara Morgan, Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston and more. Bringing together moments of human exquisiteness and capturing them in photographs, her collection depicts why, according to David Lyman, "Dance is what we do when words are not enough."


Carol Halsted is Chairperson for the Department of Music, Theater and Dance and Professor of Dance at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She began her career in dance at a neighborhood dance studio in Toledo, Ohio at the age of three and cotninued her dance studies through college. After graduation from the University of Michigan, Ms. Halsted ventured to New York city where she studied modern dance with Charles Weidman, Martha Graham and many others. Marriage took her back to the Midwest to Michigan where she began her teaching career at Oakland University in 1970. She continud to dance with Festival Dancers, a local modern dance company, and began graduate school where she received her Masters and Doctorate in Education. Shortly after moving to Michigan, her husband, Tom Halsted opened the 831 Gallery (currently known as The Halsted Gallery) devoted to fine art photography, thus beginning Carol Halsted's career collecting dance photographs.

About the Performers for the Opening Celebration on July 8, 2003

Rosenzweig is a Danish Company from Copenhagen. Ari Rosenzweig, the Artistic Director and choreographer, originally studied ballet with the Royal Swedish Ballet. A trip to Israel immediately spawned interest in the "raw power, the fullness and the passion" of Israeli Dance. A part of the Kibbutz Dance Company and later, under the guidance of Ohad Naharin, the Batsheva Dance Company, Rosenzweig ultimately returned to Copenhagen and formed his own company in 1999. He has received recognition for his creative work and is considered one of the most interesting young choreographers currently working in Denmark.

Tamica Washington-Miller is Associate Director and principal dancer for the Lula Washington Dance Theater in Los Angeles. Washington-Miller has been on the faculty of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Black College Dance Exchange, Grambling State University and the Bates Dance Festival. She earned her degree in dance and choregraphy from UCLA and also studied with her mother, Lula Washington, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and with Donald McKayle. Ottis Sallid and Stefan Wenta. Currently the California Arts Council sponsors Washington-Miller as an Artist-in-Residence in Los Angeles offering free dance classes to young people. She has been teaching Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African, Tap and Ballet over the past 12 years.


Monday July 7, 2003, from 11:30 to 1pm at the University Art Museum

Join Dance Photographer Carol Halsted for an intimate luncheon and a gallery talk. Advance reservations are required by July 3, 2003. Please call 805-893-2951.



Tuesday, July 8, 2003 from 5 to 8pm.

University Art Museum and Plaza. The University Art Museum and Summerdance Santa Barbara celebrate the opening of The Power and Passion of Dance exhibition and the 2003 Summerdance season (July 7-19) with special dance performances by Rosenzweig and Tamica Washington-Miller.

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