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MANCC Welcomes Penelope Freeh

Published May 10, 2012
Penelope Freeh - photo by Scott Pakudaitis

Penelope Freeh - photo by Scott Pakudaitis

McKnight Foundation Partnership May 6 – 19, 2012

2010 McKnight Choreographic Fellow Penelope Freeh will be in residence to explore her first work with original composition. The residency will provide an opportunity for this exploration and collaborative endeavor with Jocelyn Hagen, a 2010 McKnight Composer Fellow. Envisioning the work as an evening-length duet, Freeh will also generate movement for herself and collaborator Patrick Corbin.

Much of the conceptual framework and underpinnings of the piece will evolve from the acts of collaboration. From the community, Freeh will be collaborating with Tallahassee violist Julia Kim, as well as FSU School of Dance’s Patty Phillips. However, Freeh also intends to hone the work through an exploration of the following questions: “How can words and the act of writing influence the piece? How can we, individually and together, honor the traditions of our respective forms while pulling taut the lines that bind us to them? Do we want our piece to have a narrative flow, and if not, how can we create and sustain our own non-literal dramaturgy?”

In addition to collaboration, the conceptual underpinnings of Slippery Fish will evolve from an investigation of male/female partnering relationships and gender roles within the ballet canon lineage.

Slippery Fish will premiere at the Southern Theater Sept. 28-30, 2012.


Entrypoints are unique opportunities for visiting artists to conduct research and collaborate with the FSU and Tallahassee communities as well as the national dance field. Seating is limited.

  • Open Rehearsal
    5/11/12 2:00PM
    Black Box Theater
  • Informal Showing
    5/17 5:30PM
    Black Box Theater

Please visit: for reservations. E-mail with questions.

This residency is supported in part by the McKnight Foundation.