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Getting to Know the Local Dance Company Tulsa Modern Movement (or TuMM)

Aired on Friday, April 18th.

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.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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