Dance and Dialogue: Human Contact and Democracy

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March 23, 2018 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
CEW, 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

How can the body be a laboratory for examining dialogue, choice-making, roles and habits? In this interactive workshop, choreographer and King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Artist Eryn Rosenthal will share some of her research on the connections between a dance form called Contact Improvisation and the political writings of Steve Biko, Ada Colau, Paolo Freire, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Judith Butler, and others. What can the body bring to larger discussions of dialogue-building, inclusion, resilience and empowerment?

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can bend, move and stretch in. No experience necessary, and all bodies, abilities and backgrounds are actively welcome. This workshop includes talking, moving and listening.

Refreshments will be provided.

Photo of Eryn Rosenthal by Gabriel TolliverChoreographer and CEW Scholar Alum Eryn Rosenthal examines the democratic underpinnings of Contact Improvisation and the role of the body in transgressing previously legislated boundaries. She has worked with choreographers Sello Pesa, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and documentary theatre pioneer Anna Deavere Smith, among others. Eryn’s ongoing series The Doors Project investigates transitions–political, social, intimate–through site-based performance in different doorways around the world. Eryn holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in Dance from U-M, where she also studied in the Ford School for Public Policy. She has performed and taught throughout the US, South Africa and Europe, and is currently teaching an interdisciplinary performance course at U-M's Residential College. She is delighted to be back at U-M as a King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

Photo of Eryn Rosenthal by Gabriel Tolliver