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Orange County Great Park names Jennifer Backhaus as Artist-in-Residence

The award-winning choreographer will direct performances at the park

by Samar KhouryPublished: November 30, 2012 09:15 AM

The Orange County Great Park has named award-winning choreographer Jennifer Backhaus as Artist-in-Residence. The Great Park’s Artists-in-Residence program features a rotating showcase of local artists that educate the community.

"We are excited to feature dance as part of the Great Park Artist-in-Residence program," said Beth Krom, chair of the Orange County Great Park.  "This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to be inspired and learn about choreography and dance."

Baukhaus will choreograph dance performances at the Great Park, where Baukhausdance, her dance company, will be performing and creating a one-of-a-kind cultural experience.

"I'm excited to bring concert dance to an outside and less formal environment," said Backhaus. "My residency at the Great Park will provide an opportunity to engage and interact with an audience that may not be familiar with what dance can be."

Backhaus is a member of the dance faculty at Chapman University, where she teaches modern Dance Technique, Dance Improvisation and Introduction to Dance Studies. She also teaches for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Education Programs. A number of pieces she has created for Backhausdance have been honored with Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

Backhaus will also direct greater dance performances at the Great Park, and will be Artist-in-Residence until February 2013.

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