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National Endowment for the Arts Grant Supports GCU Dance Director Cardell’s Latest Work

Disposable Bodies, an interdisciplinary performance choreographed by Silvana Cardell, associate professor of dance and director of the dance program at Georgian Court University, has shown once again that its message of justice for all living things is not disposable. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced a $10,000 grant to Philadelphia Dance Projects to support Disposable Bodies, for which Ms. Cardell received a Guggenheim Fellowship this year.  It was also a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project finalist.

In Disposable Bodies, Ms. Cardell asks the audience to consider how bodies—both human and nonhuman—are treated. It’s the type of thought-provoking work the NEA supports through Grants for Arts Projects funding—“artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.”

“Funding from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and other organizations gives artists the support needed to present creative works that address important social issues of our day,” said Ms. Cardell, artistic director of the Philadelphia-based Cardell Dance Theater and a multi-award winning choreographer, dancer, and educator.

A combination of movement, installation, sound, sculpture, and live video, Disposable Bodies will premiere at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia this October and will be co-presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects.

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.