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February 5, 2004
CONTACT: Eric Beatty
(410) 516-0774

Homewood Arts Programs Presents Fear

Fear, a performance of original movement theater, will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in Levering Hall's Arellano Theater on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

A collaboration of the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Arts Program and the Towson University MFA in Theater program, Fear is designed and directed by Towson University graduate student Tatsuya Aoyagi as part of his MFA final project. Aoyagi and 10 advanced student actors from Towson University will be premiering original movement pieces based on work generated during a course titled "Creative Process of Original Ensemble Theater." A similar course, "Voice and Movement for the Stage," is being offered at Johns Hopkins this spring. The course is taught by Christine Glazier, a lecturer in the Writing Seminars and stage director at the Peabody Institute.

While much of Western theater is based primarily on the words in a text, this type of theater uses primarily movement and physical gestures as its text, said Eric Beatty, one of Aoyagi's thesis advisors and director of the Homewood Arts Programs. "Original movement theater is created by the actors and director together through improvisations, exercises and physical games," Beatty said.

Tatsuya Aoyagi was born in Japan and received a bachelor of arts degree in theater from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In addition to his work on this project at Towson University, he is a founding member of Naoko Maeshiba Performance Collective and has performed in the multi-disciplinary performance piece Communitas at Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at Smithsonian Institution, and Baltimore Theater Project.

Admission is free. For information, call Eric Beatty at 410-516-0774.

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