January 28, 2011

Advance Notice

Dance lecture: Gauging culture by observing the dancing body

Brenda Dixon Gottschild, professor emerita at Temple University, delivers an Emory Friends of Dance Lecture, "Researching Performance – The (Black) Dancing Body as a Measure of Culture" on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Join the Department of Dance and Movement Studies and the Department of African American Studies for this free event, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center Dance Studio.

Guided by the premise that dance is a barometer of society, Dixon Gottschild gauges the pulse of contemporary American performance. Based on three of her books, Dixon Gottschild presents a unique style of lecture, combining traditional address with visual images and demonstration, using her own dancing body as example.

The lecture examines the pervasive Africanist presence in American culture and the socio-political implications of its invisibility. 

With dance as the focus and race as the parameter, Dixon Gottschild reveals Africanisms in modern and postmodern dance and American ballet.

A booksigning will follow the lecture. For more information, visit Arts at Emory.

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