Getting to Know the Local Dance Company Tulsa Modern Movement (or TuMM)
On this edition of ST, we meet Ari Christopher, the Executive Director and Choreographer of Tulsa Modern Movement (or TuMM). Initiated in 2011, TuMM, per its website, "invigorates modern dance in Oklahoma by creating and performing new choreography, promoting life-long learning in the art of dance, and collaborating across disciplines." Christopher studied at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance and attended the Modern Dance BFA program at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She speaks with us about her training as both a dancer and choreographer, and about how and why she decided to co-found TuMM a few years ago. TuMM is a small but dedicated and highly accomplished dance company (as we learn on today's show) that's inspired by social issues and real-world trends --- that is, it performs dance works based on such topics, for example, as mental health, warfare, time's passage, or the power of nature. Christopher also tells about an upcoming "KiCKER! fundraiser" --- an evening of dance, art, music, and socializing happening tomorrow night, Saturday the 19th, at 7:30pm at AHHA --- that's meant to help finance the 2014-15 season of TuMM's dance performances, classes, and various programs in Tulsa-area schools.