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Students connect art and dance

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | October 04, 2017

For thousands of years, humans have relied on dance and art to tell stories, celebrate momentous occasions, and connect to one another. Like our earliest ancestors, we continue to use these art forms to express abstract ideas, share information, reflect on our identity, and cope with life’s mysteries.

Art and dance share an aesthetic language. Terms like shape, line, pattern, space, rhythm, and composition are equally descriptive in both disciplines. There is a synergy between these methods of creative expression and elementary school students at Florida State University School recently learned how art can serve as inspiration for movement and vice versa.

Opening on Oct. 13, the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts presents its new exhibition titled “Bell & Belman.” The show will feature Trevor Bell’s multi-panel, 125-foot painting “Southern Light,” accompanied by choreographic work and performance by Rodger Belman and his associates from the FSU School of Dance.

Born and educated in England, Bell arrived in Tallahassee in 1976 to teach painting as a professor at FSU. His abstract expressionist works are included in MoFA’s permanent collection, though his large-scale pieces and monumental series are rarely exhibited in their entirety. The co-subject of this exhibition, Belman is a professor of dance at FSU and a post¬modern choreographer. He often references the work of visual artist and encourages his students to do the same.

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