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Great Park Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Backhaus Presents The Art of Choreography: How a Dance is Made

Special evening of dance highlighted by a performance of “The Margin,” an award-winning quartet choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus.

Great Park Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Backhaus Presents The Art of Choreography: How a Dance is Made

IRVINE – Aspiring choreographers, young dancers and dance fans of all ages can enjoy a special dance experience headlined by a performance of “The Margin,” an award-winning quartet choreographed by Great Park Artist-in-Residence and choreographer Jennifer Backhaus, on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Court Arts Complex.

Originally part of a critically-acclaimed Backhausdance performance entitled “Ten Tiny Dancers” last year, “The Margin” features four Backhaus dancers performing on a four-foot by four-foot stage.

The evening will begin with a discussion led by Jennifer Backhaus that will detail the process by which “The Margin” was choreographed. Visitors will meet the Backhaus dancers, explore the dance-making process, and experience the thrill of a live dance performance all in one evening.

Admission and parking are free.  The Great Park Gallery and Artist Studios will be open.

About Jennifer Backhaus

Jennifer Backhaus is the Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance.  She was honored by Chapman University as Alumni of the Year for her artistic success with her company, Backhausdance. Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Jennifer’s tenure as a Great Park Artist-in-Residence runs through the end of February.

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.

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 Orange County Great Park’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 Great Park features 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 Great Park is 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.