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Stage Notes — ‘Swimmer 300’ installation unveiled; Dunford appointed to UIC department

— MIGDOLL’S “SWIMMER300” AT PARIS OPERA BALLET FETE: Chicago’s Sister Cities organization is throwing a private party at the Chicago Cultural Center’s second floor GAR Room tonight in honor of the Paris Opera Ballet’s visit here. (We are “sisters” with Paris.) But if you can make it to the Cultural Cultural Center from 1-5 p.m. you can get a sneak peek of the special installation decorating the room — a handful of the 30, 15-foot-high panels (in acrylic and metallic oil enamel on vinyl mesh) from veteran Joffrey Ballet photographer Herb Migdoll’s massive, 300-foot-long painting, “Swimmer300.” The hope is that the dramatic mural might be installed along the Seine in Paris sometime next year, and possibly along the Chicago River, as well. Pictured in the mural is French-born Joffrey Ballet star Fabrice Calmels, the “swimmer” who is dressed in his costume from the fabled Nijinsky ballet, “L’Apres-midi d’un Faune” (“Afternoon of a Faun”).

— DUNFORD IN ACADEMIA: Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member Christine Mary Dunford (currently appearing in the company’s production of “Eastland: A New Musical”), has been appointed Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre and Music of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She will be part of the transition team helping to launch the newly restructured School of Theatre and Music (STAM) in the fall of 2013.

—Hedy Weiss

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