Larry Attaway

Larry A. Attaway, associate professor of dance at Butler, is the chair of the University’s Department of Dance and past director of the Jordan Academy of Dance. He joined Butler in September of 1997 after a twenty-five-year association with the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He served CalArts in many capacities: faculty member (1972-97), associate dean of the School of Dance (1976-97), president of the Academic Senate, and faculty trustee.

From 1973-97, he was composer-in-residence and associate director for Bella Lewitzky and the Lewitzky Dance Company, touring extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. He and Ms. Lewitzky collaborated on over sixteen works in the company's repertoire. His most recent composition, "No Word", is a song set based on the poems of Stevie Smith. His choreographic works include, Marat/Sade, I/Con, Lysistrada, Tom Paine, and The Lost Arts. In 1980 he choreographed the reconstruction of the 1912 Russian avant-garde opera Victory Over the Sun for the LA County Museum, the Smithsonian, the Berlin and Amsterdam Festivals, and BAMs Next Wave Festival. As artistic director of the Jordan Dance Ensemble, he recently collaborated with Erik Stark, director of the Butler Chamber Singers, on a new staging of Menotti's The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore.

In 1990 he became a founding member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, an organization dedicated to the advancement of those musicians that have devoted their art to the world of dance. Currently, he is the guild's president and editor of its publication, Journal. He is a member of ASCAP, the National Association of Schools of Dance, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Epsilon Iota Chapter), and has served the Indiana Council on the Arts as an advisory panelist. Mr. Attaway teaches Choreography and Music for Dance.