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UW’s Corby to research ancient meditation dances with Vilas Award

April 02, 2015

UW-Madison’s Kate Corby was awarded funding through the Vilas Associates Competition and will use those dollars to research the history, practice and performance of the cham — the ancient meditation dances of Vajrayana Buddhism — which are an integral part of cultural life in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

The cham date back to the 8th century and are performed almost entirely by monks.

Kate Corby
Corby’s current creative research crosses between religious and secular traditions to investigate meditation and contemplative practice and their possibilities for the body, creativity and performance.

This project will culminate in an evening-length contemporary dance work to be performed by Corby’s company in late 2016.

The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and on-going research of the highest quality and significance. It provides summer funding for faculty research for two fiscal years.

Corby is a faculty member with the Dance Department who is a contemporary choreographer, movement educator and performer. She has shown her work extensively in the Midwest and in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow.

Corby also continues to create work with her company Kate Corby & Dancers.