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Mellon Faculty Fellows in the Arts: Rachael Lincoln & Jeffrey Fracé

Submitted by Lisa Kwak on January 9, 2020 - 3:51pm
Jeffrey Frace and Rachael Lincoln performing in 11 comets
Jeffrey Fracé and Rachael Lincoln in 11 Comets, 2019 Faculty Dance Concert. Photo by Warren Woo.

Rachael Lincoln, (Department of Dance Interim Co-Chair) and Jeffrey Fracé (School of Drama Faculty) have been awarded the 2019-2020 Mellon Faculty Fellows in the Arts, to continue their collaborative research, 11 Comets, on the intersection of dance and theater.

11 Comets, which Lincoln and Fracé began working on in the studio in fall 2018, explores the grief, intimacy, and resilience of a mature, long-term relationship that has survived an extraordinary loss. In their research, Lincoln and Fracé are pushing and pulling at the dominance of narrative, playing with the revelation and restraint of information that forms story. They’re asking how two distinct aesthetics can coexist and how they can find a balance between literal and abstract.

About Mellon Faculty Fellows in the Arts: 

In June 2019, the Divisional Dean of the Arts, Catherine Cole, and the Executive and Artistic Director of the Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Michelle Witt, were awarded a three-year $600,000 grant to support an Arts and Creativity initiative at the University of Washington. This project is designed to build durable interdisciplinary relationships among faculty, develop new introductory arts curricula, cultivate the next generation of faculty arts leaders, invite a diverse cohort of visiting artists to campus for broadly-based creative research, and more fully integrate our previous Mellon Creative Fellows program with each season of visiting artists at the Meany Center and with UW’s undergraduate curriculum.