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Ann Sofie Clemmensen with Allen Place and Vikram Vakharia


Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216

Date & Time

October 16, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


In a presentation by the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), UMBC assistant professor of dance Ann Sofie Clemmensen will speak about her new series of short cinematic dance-for-camera works that communicate on a sensory, visual, and kinetic level new perspectives on the work being done by researchers at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to protect and preserve healthy marine ecosystems. She will be joined by Allen R. Place and Vikram Vakharia, whose research data she brought into visual form using the moving body and cinematography. This work is the result of a unique Artist-in-Residence Fellowship co-sponsored by CIRCA and IMET.

Ann Sofie Clemmensen has a B.A. in dance pedagogy from the Norwegian College of Dance, a first-class honor Postgraduate Diploma (VERVE) from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and an M.F.A. in Dance from Ohio State University. Her choreographic work has been presented at THE REACH–Kennedy Center, the Davison Theater (Ohio), BalletMet Performance Space (Ohio), the Louis Armstrong Theatre (Michigan), American Dance Festival, Ullens Contemporary Dance Center (Beijing, China), Movement Research at Judson Church (New York), and other venues.

Allen R. Place is a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and at IMET. He has received numerous academic awards, including the UMBI Regent’s Award Candidate for Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity in 2005 and 2008, the UMBI Regent’s Award Winner for Public Service in 2009, and the UMCES President’s Award for Excellence in Application of Science in 2012.

Vikram Vakharia is a professor of Marine Biotechnology at UMBC and at IMET. His laboratory studies the molecular biology of economically important fish viruses and focuses on viral pathogenesis and development of novel vaccines. His current research has focused on two fish rhabdoviruses – infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) and viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV), which are members of the genus Novirhabdovirus of the Rhabdoviridae family.

Free admission, and lunch will be provided. Reservation information will be announced.

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