Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lecture with Emily Wilcox (3/31 @ 4:30PM, Kohlberg 226)

LECTURE: “Dancing Against Euro-American Imperialism: Socialist Culture, Third World Leftism, and the Making of a Chinese Body”

When: Monday, March 31, 2014, 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Kohlberg 226

Emily Wilcox, PhD, will speak on the common misperception that dance in Mao-era China was dominated by the importation and adaptation of Soviet ballet. The lecture will include an examination of historical sources in corroboration with Chinese-language dance scholarship suggesting that China’s pre-Cultural Revolution socialist period (1949-1966) witnessed Chinese dance artists’ widespread efforts to create Chinese dance styles that would serve as alternatives to foreign dance forms.

Emily Wilcox is assistant professor of modern Chinese studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD in 2011 from the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her essays and articles have appeared in Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, TDR: The Drama Review, and other venues. She is currently writing a book on dance and the construction of a national culture in the People’s Republic of China.

Tamagawa Taiko is back again for the Cherry Blossom Festival! (4/6 @7PM)

TaikoTama2014This event is FREE, but seating is first come, first served! Please arrive early to secure a seat.

The world-touring Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance troupe return to Philadelphia for a week of awe-inspiring performances as part of the 2014 Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival. This group is guaranteed to thrill and amaze with their energetic shows of Japanese folk tradition. Expect to see thundering drums, intricate dances, and beautiful costumes. It’ll be sure to be an evening of heart-pounding entertainment and fun for all!

When: April 6, 2014 at 7PM

Where: Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College