Borrowed and Blended: Intercultural Practices Using Traditional Korean Dance in Contemporary American Performance

How do the traditional and contemporary come together in a present-day creation? How, in combination, can Korean and American traditions, artists, and aesthetics inform each other? This lecture/performance on April 4 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman, will highlight Professor of Dance Paul Besaw’s collaboration with American and Korean artists, using traditional and contemporary performance forms. The event is the latest in the College of Arts and Sciences' Full Professor Lecture Series, designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank. 

"Borrowed and Blended: Intercultural Practices Using Traditional Korean Dance in Contemporary American Performance" will outline the questions, process, and results of creative research and practice that have driven much of Besaw's work in dance and theatre over the past four years, and will include performances by Besaw, Middlebury College dance professor Christal Brown, Vermont dance artist Avi Waring, and an original music composition by Middlebury College music professor Peter Hamlin.

Besaw is director of dance in the Department of Music and Dance at UVM. He recently completed a semester as visiting professor at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul. He works collaboratively across dance, theatre, and music, and has helped found and lead the very successful performance groups Dance Tramp, Agnes Table, and The Solo Workshop. Most recently, Besaw has led Agnes Table in the creation of two original, bilingual, collaboratively-devised, movement theatre works with American and Korean artists; both have been performed in Vermont and Korea. In addition, he has studied traditional Korean dance with Kim So Yi, and has performed in works by Clare Byrne, Selene Colburn, Hannah Dennison, Polly Motley, and Jan Van Dyke.

The lecture coincided with a celebration of the UVM dance department's ten-year anniversary. "UVM Dance: Celebrating 10 Years in Motion" from March 29-April 2 includes alumni mixers and improvisation events, the annual Dancing "Uphill" production, and master classes in several different forms. Dancing Uphill performances are at Mann Gym; tickets can be purchased in person at the Royall Tyler Theatre box office at 802-656-2094. For a complete schedule of "UVM Dance: Celebrating 10 Years in Motion" and "Dancing Uphill" visit



Kevin C. Coburn