Schedule & Events

FALL 2016

Public Talk with Diane Madden
Wednesday, September 14 at 1pm
Joe Goode Annex | 499 Alabama St, San Francisco 94110

In partnership with Hope Mohr Dance's Bridge Project, DSWG co-sponsors a free public talk with Diane Madden, Co-Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, about the work of Trisha Brown. Madden will be sharing archival footage and discussing Brown's Locus (1975) and Brown's work in general. After her talk, Madden will take questions and allow time for discussion. This conversation is part of a larger series of workshops and performances responding to Trisha Brown's Locus. Find more info about the project here.

Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Shea Murphy
Tuesday, September 20, 5pm
Dwinelle 44B, UC Berkeley | South Drive, Berkeley 94720

In anticipation of Indigenous People's Day, DSWG hosts Jacqueline Shea Murphy for a talk on Indigenous dance and its relationship to the dance field and academia, providing a sense of what Indigenous dance achieves and the challenges Indigenous performance faces in educating audiences and scholars. She will also pose questions from her latest book project to continue the conversation between Indigenous dance and dance studies, as well as encourage discussion. Find more info about Shea Murphy here.

Guest Speaker: Margit Galanter
Thursday, October 27, 5pm
Dwinelle 44B, UC Berkeley | South Drive, Berkeley 94720

In advance of Cave Form Landings (November 4-12 at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland), Margit Galanter presents How to Incite a Vivid Archive where she asks: what is a vivid archive? In part an archive can extend beyond the bougie-ness of a Catalogue and work with what is underneath, how we index. An archive can be an extension of (non)activity, an opportunity for it to see itself from new angles, and a method for transducing and branching into new forms, breathing new life. Writing, video, graphs, drawings, and transdisciplinary materials have emerged from the Cave Forms project, some of which are surprising, and some of which offer the specificity of propositions on how to make meaning from the things made in the live(d) space.

In this moment, Cave Forms is also engaging with a project of collectivizing this inquiry, with a constellation of people from various disciplines, and in so doing is also examining the ever-important issues of authorship, collectivity, Capital, and the Man. So, this discussion and work session in fact is part of the process, as we ask the questions together - what and how is the vivid archive? Find more info about Galanter here. Art Practice

Workshop: Olive Mckeon
Wednesday, November 16, 5-6.30pm
Dwinelle 44B-Seminar (Level C)
UC Berkeley | South Drive, Berkeley 94720

On Carol Beals' will present a dissertation chapter in progress, currently titled "Reading the Lesson of Moving Bodies: Carol Beals' Waterfront - 1934 and the San Francisco General Strike." The chapter takes up the work of Carol Beals (1909-2004), a choreographer who in the 1930s made work dedicated to the labor movement and organized dancers in the Bay Area. Beals is a relatively unknwn figure who has yet to receive dance historical attention, as are more leftist dancers of the 1930s who were not based in New York. Of Beals' choreographic work during the 1930s, the chapter offers a study of a dance titled Waterfront - 1934, which the Carol Beals Dance Group performed during 1936 and 1937. The dance depicted the events leading up to the San Francisco General Strike of July 1934 through a modern dance vocabulary. Rather than charting a metaphorical relation or formal resonance between the dance and its context, the analysis unfolds the social, political, and economic ties that connect the piece to its period within San Francisco history. Beals's Waterfront - 1934 emerged out of social and artistic networks associated with the labor movement, staging both the affinities and disconnections between modern dance and Depression-era social struggle. Olive will present her current research and participants can offer feedback.

Olive McKeon is a doctoral candidate at UCLA, completing a dissertation on historical materialism and modern/postmodern dance history in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently a lecturer in Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts.

Panel Discussion: Contempo-what?: "Contemporary" Dance Genres in Latin America
Saturday, December 3, 1-2:30pm
Dwinelle Hall 44B-Seminar
UC Berkeley | South Drive, Berkeley 94720

In collaboration with the Performance in the America working group, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC), we invite you to the 2016 artist panel discussion. We will feature four choreographers: San Francisco-based Sebastian Hernandez; Liliana Castillo Galluser from Guatemala; Diana Lara from Hunduras/México/SF Bay Area; and Zoe Klein from Columbia/SF Bay Area.

Bélgica del Río and Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, PhD students in the performance studies program at UC Berkeley, will facilitate a discussion about "contemporary" dance across national borders where dance genres have colonial and cultural legacies different from the United States. Participants will also be invited to ask the artists questions and learn about their work. This event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments provided. Please RSVP here. More info about FLACC and the panel history here.


Panel Discussion: Dance / Space / Community Organizing 
Thursday, January 19, 7:30-9:30pm
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94110

Hosted by DSWG in collaboration with the FRESH Festival, DSWG brings into conversation Litany Tigner (of Dimensions Dance Theater, a resident group of Oakland's Malonga Center) And Trisha Barua (PhD student at UC Davis currently researching the Eastside Arts Alliance). They will discuss how Bay Area performance spaces have foregrounded community building and activism in and alongside presenting dance. Embedded within the FRESH festival, the discussion will be a means to highlight and engage with ongoing organizing efforts to bridge dance spaces and activism in the Bay. Free and open to the public. More info about FRESH Festival here.

Artist Talk with Lucinda Childs
Friday, February 3, 5-7pm
Durham Studio Theater
UC Berkeley | Berkeley, 94720

Lucinda Childs returns to Cal Performances with Available Light hailed in its 1983 premiere as a "career breakthrough...a work of blazing formal beauty" (The New York Times). Join us for a pre-performance talk and discussion with Childs regarding her choreographic process. Free and open to the public. More info about Lucinda Childs at Cal Performances here

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