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Great Park Names Award-Winning Orange County Choreographer Jennifer Backhaus as latest Artist-in-Residence

Backhaus to choreograph and direct site-specific outdoor dance works at Great Park

Great Park Names Award-Winning  Orange County Choreographer Jennifer Backhaus  as latest Artist-in-Residence

IRVINE – The Orange County Great Park is proud to welcome Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Backhaus, an award-winning choreographer, who will invent and direct one-of-a-kind dance works at the Great Park.  Visitors will see and experience dance performances developed by one of Orange County’s premier choreographers.

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

The dance programs will be performed by Backhausdance. This company’s performances will be designed to animate the Great Park, creating a cultural experience unlike anything in Southern California.

“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.”

Visitors can meet Backhaus and see photographs and videos of past performances at the Great Park Artists Studios in the Palm Court Arts Complex during open “Dance Lab” hours. Upcoming “Dance Lab” hours include:

  • Thursday, November 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Backhaus will also be creating larger dance performances to take place at the Great Park during her residency. Backhaus’ tenure as a Great Park Artist-in-Residence runs through the end of February 2013.

About Jennifer Backhaus

Jennifer Backhaus is the Founder and Artistic Director of Backhaus dance.  She was honored by Chapman University as Alumni of the Year for her artistic success with her company, Backhaus dance. Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

About the Great Park Artists-in-Residence Program

The Great Park Artists-in-Residence program is dedicated to showcasing artists that create educational experiences for the community while designing site-specific visual or performance works for the Great Park. The program provides artists with suitable studio space and open studio hours to routinely interact with the general public during their six-month engagement. Participating artists are selected by a panel of public arts experts through a competitive selection process administered by Arts Orange County, the county’s designated local arts agency.

Admission and parking are free.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways.

For more information, please visit www.ocgp.org or call 866-829-3829.

About the Great Park

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the OrangeCountyGreatPark’s array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air.  Other GreatParkfeatures include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244.  In addition to free sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Growing the Park: Anniversary Celebration, Great Park Pumpkin Harvest, Great Night! Family New Year’s Eve, and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the GreatParkis the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit www.ocgp.org.