Monday 23, 2009
            MARQUETTE, Mich.—A World AIDS Week performance event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Northern Michigan University’s Black Box Theatre in room 105 McClintock. The public is invited free of charge.

The dance performance service learning project, under the direction of NMU instructor Maria Formolo, will share portions of "One World, Many Drums, Many Voices." The piece was developed around the theme of HIV/AIDS stigma. Other dance, music, theater and poetry will be performed by members of the NMU community. There will also be community drummers and an opportunity for audience members to join in a free dance at the end of the show.

The performance event will celebrate the life and work of the late NMU professorLouise Bourgault. Formolo said it is an appropriate honor during World AIDS Week because of Bourgault’s African AIDS-related media work and her efforts to promote internationalization at NMU. She wrote the book Playing for Life: Performance in Africa in the Age of AIDS. She also helped to establish the international studies major, chaired the Internationalization Task Force, was interim director of the international office at NMU and developed the International Performing Arts Series. Bourgault brought many scholars and performers from around the world to NMU.

Kristi Evans
News Director