Collaborators: Choreographer Theresa Duhon and Biologist Colin Grubel
Additional dancers participating in this project will include Cristina Jesurun, Johannah-Joy Magyawe, Uta Takemura, and others.
During June and July 2008, cormorant researcher Colin Grubel and choreographer Theresa Duhon will engage in one another’s work as observers and active participants. Duhon will be assisting Grubel in studying the diet of Double-crested Cormorants, work that involves the collection and identification of fish as well as pellets containing identifiable parts of past meals, regurgitated by the birds. Samples will be collected at several colonies in the NYC area and identified in the lab at Queens College. The work also includes monitoring nests and banding birds. Grubel will participate in Theresa’s choreographic process as a dancer, learning dance material and contributing to improvisational exercises as well as to the discussion of their results. Despite their complete lack of training in one another’s fields, the collaborators hope to contribute in a meaningful way to the work, while also developing a deeper understanding of both fields and identifying similarities and differences between the scientific and artistic approaches.
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Colin Grubel is a Brooklyn native studying the city’s Double-crested Cormorant population. He received a BA in Biology from Alfred University and went on to be a zookeeper in Binghamton, NY and Atlanta, GA before returning to NY where he has been pursuing his education in ecology. He has recently been accepted into the PhD program of the CUNY Graduate Center. His previous graduate work was done through Queens College where he will keep his base of operations.