SLIPPAGE sponsors Configurations in Vancouver
Presented by Made in BC - Dance on Tour and co- produced in partnership with SLIPPAGE@Duke: PERFORMANCE | CULTURE | TECHNOLOGY, and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programming with support from with support from Springboard Performance and CanDance
- How do we imagine twenty-first century configurations of performance curation and presenting that acknowledge the particular concerns of audiences and artists of colour?
- How does performance that relates to people of colour fit into trends of contemporary curatorial practice?
- In our current climate of violence, fear, outrage and grief, in what ways can we curate experiences that enliven possibilities for healing, reparation and liberation?
In this inaugural online series, Sept 30, Oct 7 and Oct 16, 2020, Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Colour, 4th iteration brings together performance curators, artists, and scholars from Vancouver, BC and from various locations in the United States, to share work, develop resources, and build strategies for supporting performance in, for and by Black, Indigenous and communities of colour in Canada and the United States.
In Fall 2020, Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Colour, 4th iteration continues to explore topics that impact communities of colour with presentations offered by performance curators, artists, and scholars from the United States; ongoing conversation via with presentations by Vancouver, BC-based performance curators, and an online showing of works-in- process from dance artists participating in PROJECT 686km Artistic Exchange between Vancouver and Calgary. Collectively, these events aim to mobilize knowledge, foster critical dialogue, and bring heightened awareness of dance research in theory and practice with and beyond the academic setting to explore topics that impact communities of colour.
The free, online gathering in Vancouver builds on three previous iterations of Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color, first convened at Duke University in 2015 and 2016, with a convening in Montréal in 2017. These events involved approximately 15-20 curators, artists, scholars, presenters, and funders each year, and resulted in a self-published booklet of essays. In Montreal 2017, Configurations was produced as part of a series of events focusing on critical dance studies at Concordia University, in partnership with Duke University and University of Toronto.
In Vancouver, this 2020 event, initiated by Dr. Jane Gabriels, ED, Made in BC - Dance on Tour, is produced in partnership with SLIPPAGE@Duke: PERFORMANCE | CULTURE | TECHNOLOGY, and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programming. Curators for the presentation events include: Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and Professor in the Program in Dance, Duke University and Configurations producer and guiding force (Sept 30), and Rosario Ancer, Artistic Director Flamenco Rosario and the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (Oct 7).
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Configurations in Vancouver:
Performance Curation and Communities of Colour ONLINE SCHEDULE
Wed Sept 30, 2:30-4:00pm PST Presentations offered by performance curators, artists, and scholars from the States. US -based speakers: Thomas F. DeFrantz, Rasu Jilani, Paloma McGregor and Tara Willis
Wed Oct 7, 2:30-4pm PST Presentations offered by performance curators and artists based in Vancouver, BC: Rosario Ancer (co-curator), Ralph Escamillan, Margaret Grenier, Heather Lamoureux, Char Loro
Fri Oct 16, 2:30-4pm PST In-process showings of culminating residency works at the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre from dance artists participating in PROJECT 686km Artistic Exchange between Vancouver and Calgary. Vancouver & Calgary artists: Eric Cheung, Kristy Janiver, Jessica McMann, Sabrina Naz, Jason Owen Galeos, Zahra Shahab Hosted by Simon Fraser University Woodward’s Cultural Programs