‘Obstacles as Inspiration’ Focus of Catapult’s Feb. 14 ‘After Hours Conversation’


Rubén Gerding

“Obstacles of Inspiration” will be the focus of the first installment of the spring 2019 season of Catapult Creative House’s “After Hours: Conversation on Art and Culture” on Feb. 14.

The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the classroom at Catapult, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. This event is free and open to the public.

Rubén Gerding, assistant professor of dance at Southeast, will discuss how people might imagine that a creative process with no limitations and no obstacles will produce the best art. However, the unexpected limitations and the friction in the process often lead to new discoveries and avenues of exploration in our work. Gerding will chronicle this journey in one of his own dance works, “Life in a Glass House,” and invite others to embrace the obstacles they encounter as they create.

Gerding, a native of Kentucky, received his early training from the Louisville Ballet. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Fine Arts in classical and contemporary dance from Texas Christian University.

Gerding danced for three seasons with the Eugene Ballet under director Toni Pimble and four years under director Ben Stevenson at Texas Ballet Theater. He also danced in Casa Manaña musical theatre productions “Damn Yankees” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Additionally, he has performed with Ballet Concerto, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Avant Chamber Ballet and other north Texas dance companies.

Before coming to Southeast, Gerding taught Advanced Ballet at Booker T. High School in Dallas, Texas, and served as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Summerwind Youth Ballet and the Southwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America. He has also choreographed for universities in north Texas and Missouri and regional ballet schools associated with Regional Dance America: Southwest. His professional choreography has been presented at festivals and concerts across north Texas.

“After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture” take place at 7 p.m. once a month at Catapult Creative House. The theme for this semester is “The Artist’s Studio: The Process of Creation.” For more information, contact Dr. Joni Hand at jhand@semo.edu.