Moore and 180 Dance Company Collaborate on Symphony In White: A Portrait of Peace

180 Dance Company - Symphony in White: A Portrait of Peace

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design and the 180 Dance Company have collaborated on Symphony in White: A Portrait of Peace, a production featuring dance, fashion and fine art.

The performances, presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), will take place at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in Stewart Auditorium at Moore College of Art & Design. They include original costume designs by Moore students combined with the classical music of Daphnis et Chloe by Parisian composer Maurice Ravel and new choreography by 180 Dance Company.

Kelly Murray, artistic director for 180 Dance Company, has a Moore connection. Her mother, Rosemarie Murray '75 is a Moore alumna in Art Education.

Murray had long envisioned a collaborative project involving fashion design and dance, but had been waiting for the right time and place to create such a project. She contacted Moore’s fashion design department and a partnership was born.

“I thought the concept of combining fashion and dance was a great opportunity for Moore students to face a real-world challenge and design for the stage,” she said.

Moore adapted the project as part of the curriculum that would involve costume design and construction. Murray worked with award-winning costume designer and Moore alumnae Rosemarie McKelvey ‘97, who teaches the costume design class, to create coursework that would meet the needs of the students and the production.

For inspiration, the students and dancers looked to the painting of Symphony in White No. 1: The White Girl by James McNeill Whistler. Whistler's use of pattern and form through experimentation with the color white set the tone for the project with a focus on the concept of peace. As an additional source of inspiration, the students listened to the music selected for the production while they constructed the costumes so that they could be in a similar mindset as the dancers.

"This project has been a real work-in-progress,” Murray said. “Collaborative projects such as this require a plan just as much as they require flexibility. It is great to finally see everything come together after all the hard work and talent that has gone into this production.”

Read an article about the performance at NBC's

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180 Dance Company is a contemporary ballet company located in the Philadelphia area that encourages self-reflection and positive changes in the world through the art of dance. We seek to offer our audience an emotional performance that resonates with each individual by focusing on the human experience and the joys and struggles that unite us all. Our company holds public performances at a variety of venues throughout the year. We are also available for bookings at workshops, retreats, charitable events, weddings, school assemblies, community events, and other social functions. For more info, visit

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit
Published on April 15th, 2011