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2015 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy Choreographer John Neumeier to Present at University of San Diego

SAN DIEGO – The University of San Diego will host John Neumeier, the 2015 recipient of the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for the annual Kyoto Prize Symposium, Thursday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. in Shiley Theatre. Mr. Neumeier is the preeminent artistic director and choreographer of Germany’s Hamburg Ballet. He will share his choreographic approach with the San Diego community while leading four of the Hamburg Ballet’s principal dancers through a demonstration of his unique artistic talents.

Neumeier is a globally recognized choreographer. During his career, he has combined the essence of two genres, dramatic ballet and abstract ballet, raising the art to a new level. Neumeier has successfully applied traditional ballet techniques and vocabulary to maximize the potential for bodily expression and capture the details of human psychology.

“USD is pleased to once again host the Kyoto Prize Symposium together with our colleagues at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. The Inamori Foundation, along with our university partners, share a vision of shining a bright light on remarkable individuals whose life’s work culminate in extraordinary contributions to science, spirituality and civilization. This year, we are especially pleased to host John Neumeier, a choreographer whose is recognized around the globe for his brilliant artistry and remarkable bodily expressions,” said USD President James T. Harris III.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Neumeier moved to Europe after college and quickly established himself as a respected choreographer. His masterpieces, such as “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler,” “The Lady of the Camelias,” and “The Seagull,” have been said to move audiences to tears. Other Neumeier adaptations such as “Illusions,” “Swan Lake,” and “Othello,” have been described as works of genius.

In addition to Neumeier’s Kyoto Prize Symposium presentation, later that afternoon, Mr. Neumeier has agreed to lead his four principal dancers in a 90-minute series of ballet vignettes called “Shakespeare Danced.” The performance begins at 2:15 p.m. in USD’s Shiley Theatre. All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. To register, visit: http://kyotoprizeusa.com

Journalists who would like to interview Mr. Neumeier are invited to attend Media Day on Tuesday, March 15. Reservations are required.

Where: Point Loma Nazarene University, Fermanian Business Center 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required

Reservations: Contact: Jay Scovie, (619) 517-3037

Established by the Inamori Foundation in 1985, the Kyoto Prize strives to honor significant contributions in the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind. The president of the nonprofit organization is Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera and KDDI Corporation.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalent students. The University of San Diego has a long history of public service and is recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The university’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business, The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, The School of Law, The School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.

Contact:

Liz Harman
eharman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4682