Monday, February 12, 2018

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies

Join us for a trip down to Stanford to hear Dr. Harmony Bench present on her work Wednesday, March 7. Details below!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DSWG + Fresh Festival

DSWG is happy again to be partnering with the Fresh Festival for an intimate conversation on creating and dancing during times of crisis. Please join us and help spread the word!

Thursday, January 18, 7:30-9:30pm
Red Poppy Art House
Creating from/in times of crisis
Panel discussion with Jadelynn Stahl, Julia Havard, and Juan Manuel Aldape

From environmental disasters to sexual trauma to political upheaval, this past year has encompassed all of this and more. In this discussion we ask how does one create from the tumult or ruins of environmental, political, and personal turmoil? What resources are needed? How do we work together to build networks of support and accountability both on and offstage, inside and outside the studio? How do we, as individuals invested in the creative potential and resiliency of the body, look forward collectively to imagine and actively create a better, more equitable future?

Jadelynn Stahl is a radical, interdisciplinary performance artist and organizer based in Oakland, California. Fusing elements of durational art, video, ritual and burlesque, her work seeks to centralize and complicate socially prevalent narratives concerning systemic cultures of violence, in particular gender-based violence and forced assimilation. Stahl offers her body as a site of artistic investigation, exploring somatic and psychological expression in relation to legacies of trauma as well as cultural, racial and sexual identities.

As a community organizer, Stahl collaborates with both local and national collectives and organizations to incite dialogues that contribute to the movement to end sexual assault, including FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (Baltimore). She is the founder and lead coordinator of DISCLOSE, a queer, Oakland-based collective of artists and educators committed to facilitating arts-based community engagement in the eradication of sexual violence. Stahl is the recipient of the 2017 East Bay Fund for Artists Award. Her currently developing performance work Choreographies of Disclosure, a long-form collaboration between Bay Area artists and survivors of sexual assault, will be shown in a month-long exhibition at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland in the Fall of 2018.

Juan Manuel Aldape Munoz is a formerly undocumented, working-class choreographer born in rural Mexico. As practitioner and researcher, his work focuses on movement, migration and mapping discourses related to undocumented bodies and choreographic processes. He is the curator and coordinator of the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers. He co-founded A PerFarmance Project, site-specific collaborations between farmers and performers researching the concept of food security from rural and urban perspectives. He is a PHD candidate in Performance Studies at the University of California Berkeley (USA). He holds an MA in International Performance Research from the University of Warwick (UK), as well as a BFA in Modern Dance and BA in Anthropology from the University of Utah (USA).

Julia Havard is a queer white cis glitter femme who writes about sex, race, disability, queerness and dance in education, activism, and performance. She is a PhD student at University of California Berkeley in Theater Dance and Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her dissertation explores histories and practices of queer burlesque as an activist resource. She practices burlesque as JuJu Sparkle, and most recently has been performing as Carrot Christ, the new new chancellor of UC Berkeley. She co-facilitates a working group at UCB, Radical Queer Decolonial Pedagogies of Composition. In 2017 she co-published the Anti-Milo Digital Toolkit, a resource for shutting down white supremacist alt-right figures such as Milo Yiannapoulis in academic spaces and presented on this work for the Berkeley Center for New Media forum on "Digital Dissent." In 2016 she co-coordinated a "Survivors' Symposium" at UCB to create survivor-centered space for survivors of sexual violence. Publication of her work regarding #WhyIStayed as a survivor-centered activist project on Twitter is forthcoming in the anthology #Identity.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Joining Generations: Camille A. Brown

Friday, December 8, 3:00-4:00pm
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall | UC Berkeley
In collaboration with Cal Performances

Join us for our second Joining Generations conversation with acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. Learn about Brown's process creating BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, the second part of a trilogy (Mr. TOL E. RAnCE and the forthcoming ink) exploring culture, race, and identity. In BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, Brown uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular including social dancing, double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, and gesture as the black woman’s domain to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery. Ms. Brown will be in conversation with Prof. Brandi Wilkins Catanese (TDPS and African-American Studies). Free and open to the public.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Upcoming FLACC Panel

Choreography During a Time of Oppression: 
A conversation with Latino/x contemporary dance makers

In collaboration with the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC) and the Performance in the Americas Working Group, this panel will feature local and international choreographers, Zarina Mendoza, CatherineMarie Davalos, and Caleb Luna, talking about the role of contemporary dance and performance as a mode of expression to challenge the ongoing oppressive policies that target non-normative Latino/a bodies. The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Angela Marino.

Time: Wednesday, November 8, 5-7p
Location: Shorb House 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 
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Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments provided. 

FLACC is generously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Foundation. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Call for participants!

DSWG is collaborating with Cal Performances and their “Joining Generations” program which will feature the work of African-American choreographers Reggie Wilson, Camille A. Brown, Donald Byrd, and Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). Over the course of the year DSWG members will have the opportunity to join each of these esteemed choreographers in an intimate discussion regarding race, legacy, and tradition in dance with Professor Brandi Catanese (TDPS, African American Studies).

The events will be open to the public, however, we are looking for a small cohort of DSWG members (~12 individuals) who can commit to attending each event, a total of four over the year, so as to create a through line across the conversations. In exchange for participating, cohort members will receive one free ticket to each performance. Please note the sessions will be recorded and shared on the Cal Performances website. The dates are as follows:

DSWG session: Thursday, 9/21/17, Geballe Room, Stephens Hall, 3:00-4:00pm

DSWG session: Friday, 12/8/17, UC Berkeley Durham Theater, 3:00-4:00pm

DSWG session: Tuesday, 2/6/18, (exact time and location TBD)

DSWG session: Tuesday, 4/10/18, UC Berkeley (exact time and location TBD)

If you are interested in being a part of this cohort, please email us at We will accept individuals on a first come, first serve basis.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Joining Generations Discussion: Reggie Wilson

Thursday, September 21, 3-4pm
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall | UC Berkeley
In collaboration with Cal Performances
Sponsored by Townsend Center for the Humanities

As part of a yearlong series of programming at Cal Performances, Joining Generations features the work of four generations of African American choreographers who have expanded the boundaries of contemporary dance. This inaugural discussion will feature choreographer Reggie Wilson in conversation with Prof. Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Depts. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies) and will explore how issues of ancestry and legacy factor into Wilson's work. 

Reggie Wilson makes rich, sensual, complex dances that vibrate with the layered histories of the African diaspora. Receiving its California premiere at Cal Performances, his full-length Moses(es) is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's vernacular retelling of the biblical Moses story and combines his own experiences traveling to North Africa to understand the migration of Africans with extensive research into black culture, movement, and spiritual traditions. The result is a powerful investigation of the nature of leadership - who leads? who follows? - in our contemporary culture. 

Free and open to the public.