The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and Harvard’s Music Department have announced the appointment of Jill Johnson as director of the OFA Dance Program and senior lecturer in the Department of Music. Johnson, a 23-year veteran of the dance field as a performer, choreographer, educator, and producer, succeeds Elizabeth Weil Bergmann, who retired from the post after 11 years of service. Johnson assumes her duties at Harvard beginning July 1.“We are thrilled with the appointment of Jill Johnson as Harvard’s new dance director,” said Jack Megan, OFA director and co-chair of the dance director search committee. “Jill has distinguished herself as a performer on international stages, as a restager of William Forsythe’s works, as an innovative choreographer, and as a teacher who truly inspires and draws out the best from her students. Her energy and vision for dance at Harvard has excited all who have met her, and we can hardly wait to begin the next phase of Harvard dance under her leadership.”Formerly on the faculties of Princeton University, Barnard College at Columbia University, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Johnson is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. She was a dance soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer in choreographer William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet for 10 years. For the past two decades she has staged Forsythe’s work worldwide, including productions at the Paris Opera Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, La Scala, the National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theater.Read the full release.
WHEN Jim McGuinness was asked if he would do an open training session so that the fans could come along, he said: “No problem!”And today the only problem was that an incredible 5,000 fans turned up to watch…making the search for a car parking space in Ballybofey that wee bit more difficult!The Donegal senior players didn’t disappoint, sitting for ages as they fulfilled every single autograph request from the throngs, most of them children. Said Kathleen Campbell, who helped to organise the event: “I thought it would be a good idea for the younger ones because so many won’t be able to get tickets to the All-Ireland final.“When I rang Jim to ask if he would let people in to watch, he said he’d be delighted. It was a great day – and fantastic for the fans.“We are really grateful to Jim, the squad and the staff.”The players thought a few hundred people would turn up at MacCumhaill Park, but in the end more than 5,000 people did, many joining in the singing of ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ as they waited to meet their heroes. If you took some great pix today, send them to [email protected]: MARY MCGINLEY WITH A T-SHIRT SIGNED BY THE 92 TEAM WAS THERE TO GET THE 2012 LINE-UPMORE THAN 5,000 FANS TURN UP FOR DONEGAL SQUAD TRAINING SESSION was last modified: September 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)