Schedule & Events

FALL 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.


CANCELLED - will be rescheduled for spring
Prospectus Working Session: Juan Manuel Aldape and Randi Evans
Thursday, October 12, 5-7pm
Dwinelle 44B (TDPS Seminar Room) | UC Berkeley

TDPS graduate students Juan Manel Aldape and Randi Evans will share working drafts of their dissertation prospectuses.


Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC) Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 8, 5-7pm
Exact Location TBD | UC Berkeley
In collaboration with the Performance in the Americas Working Group

As part of the upcoming Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, this panel discussion will feature Tranze Producciones from Mexicali, Baja California.


Joining Generations Discussion: Camille A. Brown
Friday, December 8, 3-4pm
Durham Theater | UC Berkeley
In collaboration with Cal Performances
Sponsored by Townsend Center for the Humanities

The second discussion of Cal Performances' Joining Generations programming will feature choreographer Camille A. Brown in conversation with Prof. Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Depts. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies).

Innovative choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of black female empowerment. Brown uses African-American vernacular forms—social dancing, Double Dutch, hand-clapping games, ring shout—to explore the self-discovery and playfulness of childhood in a work theNew York Times calls "by turns, clever and tender." Brown, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, has created dances for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women and is known for imaginative works that address issues of identity and social justice. 


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