Media Advisory

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dancers, Genome Scientists Invite Media to Preview New Dance, Ferocious Beauty: Genome

What: The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange host a media event for Ferocious Beauty: Genome, a multi-media dance developed through an innovative collaboration between artists and scientists.

Speakers will include Liz Lerman, artistic director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; genomic researchers Vence Bonham and Martine Behra of NHGRI; and Kathy Hudson, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center of the Berman Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Why: Event will give the media the opportunity to view/videotape/photograph parts of Ferocious Beauty: Genome, and interview dancers and genomic researchers involved in creation of the performance and related educational workshops.

When: Tues., April 24, 2:00 — 3:30 p.m.

Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, Washington, D.C.

More Information: For more details, contact Geoff Spencer, NHGRI, (301) 402-0911; Sarah Priestman, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; (301) 270-6700 x11, or Rachel Heavers, Washington Performing Arts Society, (202) 533-1886. B-roll and publication-quality photos of the dance performance are available upon request.

NHGRI is one of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, which is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The NHGRI Division of Intramural Research develops and implements technology to understand, diagnose and treat genomic and genetic diseases. Additional information about NHGRI can be found at

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