returns to share his Passion with TCU dancers
By Erin Clark
A world renowned choreographer often described as the greatest American
male dancer of his generation returns to TCU in February.
Fernando Bujones will continue a choreographer-in-residence collaboration
with the department of ballet and modern dance that began in 1996.
Bujones will begin his 10-day stay Feb. 2. He will work with students
rehearsing the ballet Pasión y Fuego to be performed
at the TCU Latin American Festival in April.
Bujones wife, María, said Fernando is excited to come
back to TCU.
Fernando likes TCU because it is very special for him to work
with smart students who show up willing to work, she said. They
are like sponges; very hungry to learn. It is different than working
with professional dancers. It is a mutual learning experience.
Scott Sullivan, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said dance students
are privileged to have more than one opportunity to work with Bujones.
Since the choreographer-in-residence program is not part of the annual
budget, this years $30,000 price tag must be raised using private
sources. The total includes Bujones fee, travel, lodging and
meal expenses, Sullivan said.
There is no deadline for raising the money, Sullivan said, but the
goal is to have the funds raised in one year. So far, the department
has $250,000 of a $600,000 endowment that would generate the income
to continue the program. Sullivan said the endowment is necessary
to relieve the department from having to raise money during the year.
Sullivan said visiting artists are important to the department because
a professional reference from Bujones could be valuable for a dancers
His visit distinguishes our dance program, Sullivan said.
It gives them (students) an opportunity that cant be duplicated
anywhere in the country.
Junior ballet major Alexandra Mount-Campbell said she is looking forward
to Bujones visit.
I really enjoy working with him, she said. Hes
an amazing dancer with tons of experience and is very well-known in
the dance world.
María Bujones said Fernando is inspirational. His passion
for dance is contagious. He has this Latin fire whenever he executes
a step, she said.
Bujones piece, Pasión y Fuego, was originally
performed in Madrid and later in Mexico.
She said the ballets Hispanic flare will fit the style of TCUs
festival. Bujones piece joins ballet and modern dance pieces
by TCU faculty Li-Chou Cheng and Christian von Howard, and guest artists
Jessica Lang of New York, Miguel Mancillas of Mexico and Sabrina Castillo
Gallusser of Guatemala.
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Bujones, currently the artistic director for the Orlando Ballet,
rehearses with the dancers before a performance.