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The ABCs of DE

A a series of six podcasts entitled The ABC’s of DE designed to  address points of articulation and/or tension in and between the fields of dance dramaturgy and  black performance studies.  The ABCs of DE engage and focus on articulating how the concepts of blackness and dramaturgy (productively) rub up against one another. They seek to mobilize and disseminate an ongoing study of how theories of blackness - and its fugitivity, opacity and expression - challenge performance dramaturgy’s implicit supposition that the performer’s body, and the resulting creative work, is a “blank canvas” on which the dramaturgical process might unilaterally ascribe meaning. Each event will highlight two primary “keywords” emerging from our research, placing them in relationship and examining the movement between them. 

 

This event was organized with Lucy Fandel and moderated by Cadu Mello.

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Pilot Episode:
Black Bodies in Space-Time

March 16, 2021.
Organized by LePARC and Milieux Institute

 

In view of our podcast series "The ABCs of DE", The Performing Arts Research Cluster (LePARC) and Milieux Institute invite artist scholars Deanna Bowen and Kara Keeling to a conversation using different languages to articulate blackness, the (de)construction of narratives around black bodies, identity and its shifts in space and time. A dialogue at the intersections of media and queer theory, photography and gallery systems strategies, double consciousness, anti-racist operational systems, black feminist intervention, technology and culture politics.

 

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This event was moderated by Cadu Mello.

 

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January 24, 2022.
Organized by Dramaturgical Ecologies
and 4th Space

“Relationality” and “body-as-archive” are the keywords emerging in between Seika Boye curatorial practices, academic studies of the history of black dance in Canada, and Mélanie Demers reflections on her role as the choreographer of an internationally renowned Canadian contemporary dance company.

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This event was moderated by Dana Dugan.

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February 9, 2022.
Organized by Dramaturgical Ecologies and 4th Space

A recorded hybrid event, “Praxis” and “diaspora” are the keywords that anchor the conversation between Stéphane Martelly's research-creation practice in decolonial Haitian cultural production and Funmi Adewole's creation and study of afro-diasporic dramaturgies and dance practice.

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This event was moderated by Vanessa Montesi.

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April 7, 2022

Organised by Dramaturgical Ecologies and 4th Space

 

"Friction” and “opacity” are the keywords that anchor this conversation between SERAFINE1369's practice as an artist and dance-maker interested in the construction of performative environments that challenges and remakes identity/ies, and Daniel McNeil's research interests on Black Atlantic cultures, politics and intellectual traditions, diasporic identities and decolonial praxis, migration and multiculturalism.

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This event is moderated by Matthew Robin-Nye

Episode 4:

Embodiment and Representation

May 3, 2022

Organised by Dramaturgical Ecologies and Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology

"Embodiment" and "representation" ar the keywords that anchor the conversation between Dana Michel's work in the expanded fields of improvisation, choreography, sculpture, comedy, hip-hop, cinematography, techno, poetry, psychology, dub and social commentary and Naila Keleta-Mae's practice in theatre, literature and music and scholarly expertise in rage, gender and performance.