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2016 Configurations in Motion

Convened July 14-15, 2016

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Held at Duke University and convened by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Dasha A. Chapman, and Jane Gabriels.

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Configurations in Motion:

Performance Curation and Communities of Color

Durham, NC (16 June, 2016)

SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture and Technology at Duke University will host a two-day event on July 14 and 15, 2016 to address how curatorial practice and live arts presenting can engage the particular concerns of audiences and artists of color. Our second event to discuss these issues, Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color will gather performers, curators, scholars, presenters, and managers from throughout the U.S. to examine how their work involves, invests, and can further support the creative growth of people of color. The event will be held at the SLIPPAGE laboratory on Duke’s Central Campus, at 1515 Hull Avenue, Durham, NC, 27708.

The event intends to take on important questions surrounding the presenting of live art, including: How do we imagine twenty-first century configurations of performance curation and presenting that acknowledge the particular concerns of audiences and artists of color?  How does performance that relates to people of color fit into trends of contemporary curatorial practice?

Participants will share their work and insights to produce focused thinking about the future of live art/performance/performing arts curation, with special attention to communities of African, Caribbean, and Latin@ interests.

The event is convened by Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz, Chair of African and African American Studies and Duke University and Director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture and Technology) and Dr. Dasha A. Chapman, postdoctoral associate in African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Events will begin at 12:30pm Thursday July 14th and end 2:00pm Friday July 15th. Participants will have ample time for introductions and discussions with opportunity to attend a performance at the American Dance Festival. Meetings are open to the public and will take place at the SLIPPAGE Lab, 1515 Hull Avenue, Durham, NC, 27708. The event will point towards a small publication with online documentation of its contents, available to those who are unable to attend. This symposium is convened with support from Duke University’s African and African American Studies Department, Dance Department, and the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Confirmed Participants include:

Nia Austin-Edwards (PURPOSE Productions); Lori Barcliff Batista (UIC African-American Cultural Center); Moira Brennan (MAP fund); Dasha A. Chapman (Duke AAAS); Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke AAAS, SLIPPAGE); Jane Gabriels (Pepatién); Ebony Noelle Golden (Betty’s Daughter Arts Collective); Aaron Greenwald (Duke Performances); Tempestt Hazel (Sixty Inches From Center); Ishmael Houston-Jones (independent choreographer/performer); Rasu Jilani (independent social sculptor); Joseph Jordan (UNC Sonya Haynes Stone Center); Mario LaMothe (Duke Women’s Studies); Paloma McGregor (Dancing While Black, Angela’s Pulse); Craig Peterson (Gibney Dance); Ben Pryor (American Realness); Risa Shoup (FABnyc); Marya Wethers (Angela’s Pulse); Tara Willis (NYU Performance Studies; Movement Research); Andrea Woods Valdez (Duke Dance, Souloworks); DeeArah Wright (JACKny).

Visit Duke’s Configurations in Motion resources for more information