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.
Swarthmore College dance professor Dr. Pallabi Chakravorty has been invited by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University to present a lecture entitled, “Culture Turns: Kathak, Nation, and Gender in Contemporary India.” The lecture will be on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm in Rm 216 Aaron Burr Hall, and is sponsored by the Program in South Asian Studies. For more information click here.
The William J. Cooper Foundation and the Department of Music and Dance invite you to attend a lecture by Carolyn Dorfman, Artistic Director of The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company on Thursday, January 29, 2009 from 1:15 pm-2:30 pm in the Science Center lecture hall, Rm 001. This lecture will address the role of storytelling for children of Holocaust survivors. It is free and open to the public.
Carolyn Dorfman and company will also be offering an open class on Thursday, January 29 at 4:30 pm in Troy Dance Lab, Lang Performing Arts Center. All interested dancers are encouraged to attend. To reserve your place, contact Liza Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (610) 328-8260.
Known as a creator of provocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition, Dorfman is interested in creating “worlds” into which the audience can enter. Since founding her Company in 1982, she has created more than 50 works for CDDC and achieved a highly respected position among artists and arts institutions regionally, nationally and internationally. A Michigan native, she received her BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and her MFA from New York University Tisch School for the Arts. She has been designated a Distinguished Artist and granted five Choreography Fellowships, including a 2004 Fellowship, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), in additional to other choreography honors. Dorfman was the first artist to receive the prestigious, and nationally selected, Prudential Prize for Non-Profit Leadership in 1994. In 2004 she received the Jewish Women in the Arts Award for Dance from the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and the Janice Charach Epstein Gallery.