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Please join me at The Dance & Performance Institute. For several months, I’ve been living and working in the Caribbean - in Trinidad & Tobago and most recently in Haiti for the 4th edition of New Waves! Institute. As director and curator of the Dance & Performance Institute, I’m so pleased to share news of the New Waves! AYITI DIGITAL RETROSPECTIVE. The New Waves! AYITI DIGITAL RETROSPECTIVE looks back at, reflects on and unpacks two weeks in Jacmel & Port au Prince, Haiti with 50 incredible dance artists and scholars. The retrospective includes writings, photographs, video and audio clips and continues through the month of August. Join us! Let’s Dance!

2013 CORD/SDHS Conference and Mellon Series - “Performance and Materiality in Latin America”

DECENTERING DANCE STUDIES: MOVING IN NEW GLOBAL ORDERS

Rooted Routes: Revealing the Caribbean Social Body as Dance Praxis
Mission Inn Music Room
Sunday, 17 November 2013
8:30am - 10:30am

Rooted Routes: Revealing the Caribbean Social Body as Dance Praxis is a 90-minute Roundtable set for the upcoming CORD/SDHS international conference, Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders, taking place at the Mission Inn and Culver Center of the Arts in Riverside, CA, November 14-17, 2013. I’ll be joined by Adanna Jones (a fellow Trini and Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Dance Studies in the Department of Dance at University of California, Riverside), Christopher Walker (professor of dance at University of Wisconsin-Madison and my fellow New Waves! Institute Faculty member), and Ann Mazzocca (professor of dance at Christopher Newport University). Together, we’ll reflect on the ways Caribbean contemporary dance practitioners and scholars understand dance practices in political, cultural, and historical terms.

Congress on Research in Dance
http://cordance.org/2013AnnualConference 

Society of Dance History Scholars
http://sdhs.org/conference2013nov-welcome


PERFORMANCE & MATERIALITY IN LATIN AMERICA

Dancing Beyond Borders: Translating Caribbean Corporeality
University of California at Riverside
The Center for Ideas & Society
Monday, 18 November 2013
10am - 12pm

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The Center for Ideas and Society is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advancing humanistic studies and creativity at UC Riverside. On Monday, 18 November 2013, as part of its "Performance and Materiality in Latin America" series, the same Roundtable Group will present Dancing Beyond Borders: Translating Caribbean Corporeality. This program is made possible through Andrew W. Mellon Workshops in the Humanities.

The Center for Ideas & Society http://ideasandsociety.ucr.edu/2013/11/november-18th-dancing-beyond-borders-translating-caribbean-corporeality/

Panu Kari, the cinematographer with whom I collaborated on the film "Costa del Alma" in 2008, unearthed and sent me these two photos yesterday. I’m diggin’ the first one, as it references Panu, not unlike how Stefan Falke played with his shadow in our 2007 photo-dance experiment, Moving Still. The 2nd photograph I like because it lets you ‘see’ the wind… Nice to come back to this work as I continue to celebrate my 10th Anniversary Season. View the full video of “Costa del Alma”, which was recently added to Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/77983972

Institute News & Vermont Workshop at Mahaney Center for Arts

Exactly one month after the 10th Anniversary Season in New York, the 3rd New Waves! Institute was held at Trinidad’s Academy for Performing Arts. It was another incredible summer working alongside artists like Rennie Harris, Andrea Woods-Valdes, Christopher Walker, Dyane Harvey-Salaam, and Tony Hall.The Institute just announced New Waves! 2014 AYITI, which will be held 17 to 31 July in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In early September, I visited the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College in Vermont to lead a two-day pre-semester workshop, FreshWater: Myth, Mas & MovementThe workshop engaged a contemporary performance aesthetic drawn from Caribbean traditions and was centered around my 2008 work, "FreshWater”. It also involved basic research and study of the Orishas (particularly Yemaya, Oshun, and Oya). I look forward to seeing Christal Brown (Chair) and some of those same students in Port of Spain in January 2014 for the two-week Carnival Performance Institute.

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