John Mead of Salt Lake City, an internationally recognized free-lance choreographer, will participate in the first Tokyo International Choreographers' Competition, sponsored by the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo.
Mead is one of 23 choreographers from 11 countries chosen as a semi-finalists in the competition, to be held in Tokyo Aug. 22-31. Min-On will cover all travel and lodging expenses for the semi-finalists and up to six dancers each for their 10-day stay. The winning choreographer will be awarded a prize of 1 million yen (about $7,000).He has selected six of the finest dancers with whom he has worked around the world to form his cast. In late May the dancers met in Denver to rehearse.
Mead, who formerly danced with Salt Lake's Repertory Dance Theatre, has choreography in the repertories of companies in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada. He will return to Hong Kong to teach this summer.
In 1986 he received a $12,000 choreographic award from the Utah Arts Festival. In 1988 he was awarded the distinguished Philip Morris Press Prize, and part of the Bejart Ballet Prize in the 1988 New Choreographers Competition sponsored by Philip Morris and hosted by Bejart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland. Mead's prizewinning work became a part of the Bejart company's 1988-89 tour.
- TWELVE MEMBERS of Utah State University's Danceworks will leave June 16 for a two-week London tour, said Donna Gordon, Danceworks director and USU assistant professor of dance. The students will study at a number of facilities in London and take master classes, while Gordon and Fiona Reilly, another USU dance instructor, will teach classes. The dancers will take with them their "Young Audiences Tour," which they presented at 14 schools in Utah and Idaho.
- THE SALT LAKE ALUMNI CHAPTER of Mu Phi Epsilon has awarded a scholarship of $300 to clarinetist Jaren Hinckley. In addition a second-place award of $125 went to flutist Gail Dawson and a $50 honorable mention to pianist Charlotte Fife. All are performance majors at the University of Utah.
- THE UTAH FLUTE ASSOCIATION'S annual $200 scholarship grant has been awarded to Noelle Boyd, a graduating senior at Lehi High School. A student of Susan Goodfellow's, Boyd is principal flute of the Utah Valley Youth Philharmonic. She will attend Utah State University next year.