If I had to pick a theme for February here at JL/DP, it would have to be Interdisciplinarity. This month, I’ll participate in two separate events talking about that place where concert dance and the humanities intersect, and how the arts and humanities have both benefited from that convergence. Central to both events is Katherine Dunham’s blended work as a choreographer and anthropologist:
In early February, I’ll be at Washington & Lee University where I’ll teach a master class rooted in Dunham and Horton techniques. Then, I’ll give a lecture to a combined group of anthropology and dance students looking at the intersection of those disciplines. At the end of the month, I’ll participate in the Wilson College Humanities Conference, Prophetic Fragments: The Humanities and the Past, Present, and Future. In my talk, I’ll look at Dunham as a prophet of change in concert dance and anthropology, and discuss her work as a model for interdisciplinary practice in the 21st century.
This month, I’m also back in the studio working doing my favorite thing: making dances! I’ll have three new pieces going by month’s end.
Also, I’m looking forward to serving on the artist selection panel for Baltimore’s AKIMBO Dance Festival 2015 later this spring. The Festival organizers have released this year’s Call for Artists. Please share the Call with any movement-based artists you might know throughout the Mid-Atlantic region (DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
I hope that winter is treating you well, and that your year is off to a flying start! Please drop me a note and let me know how you’re doing.