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Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Colour 2020, 4th Iteration [ONLINE]

Wed, 30 Sept 2020, 2:30-4 PM | Wed, 7 Oct 2020, 2:30-4 PM | Fri, 16 Oct 2020 2:30-4 PM




When: Wed, 30 Sept, 2:30-4 PM | Wed, 7 Oct, 2:30-4 PM | Fri, 16 Oct, 2:30-4 PM 

Where: Online

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

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?

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, this event will continue to explore topics that impact communities of colour with presentations offered by performance curators, artists, and scholars, as well as offer an online showing of works-in- process from dance artists participating in PROJECT 686km Artist Exchange between Vancouver and Calgary. Collectively, these two conversations and showing of new works 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.

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).

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. More information on previous gatherings is available herehere, and here. Plus, ASL will be provided by Robert Azevedo at the Sept 30 & Oct 6 conversations.

In Vancouver, this 2020 event, initiated by Dr. Jane Gabriels, ED Made in BC - Dance on Tour (MiBC), co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and SLIPPAGE@Duke: PERFORMANCE | CULTURE | TECHNOLOGY, and in partnership through PROJECT 686km, a collaboration between Made in BC-Dance on Tour, Springboard PerformanceFluid Festival, and the CanDance Creation Exchange Project.

CanDance Creative Exchange / CanDanse: échanges en créations is a co-presentation of The CanDance Network, Fluid Festival, Made in BC - Dance on Tour, and is supported by the Dance Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada.

We acknowledge that this event take place on the Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations. Viewers may be watching from other territories.


Tickets: Free


When: Wed, 30 Sept, 2:30-4 PM | Wed, 7 Oct, 2:30-4 PM | Fri, 16 Oct, 2:30-4 PM 

Where: Online

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

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