Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Siglo XXI Modern Movimientos Danza: A Symposium on Chicano Dance

Fri, October 16, 2009 | Texas Union, Santa Rita Room (3.502)

1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Siglo XXI Modern Movimientos Danza: A Symposium on Chicano Dance

The "Siglo XXI Modern Movimientos Danza: A Symposium on Chicano Dance" is designed to bring together artists, scholars, and students in a shared conversation that examines, embodies, and exhibits new directions in dance that reflects and represents today’s Mexican-American/Chicano culture. The symposium will query what are the new dance stories/practices, how are they conceived/constructed/presented, and how do they resonate within the fields of practitioners, scholars, viewers, community, and the field of dance in general.

The two-day symposium will feature scholarly pláticas, dance workshops, live performances, and a shared social convivencia/dance that will give attendees and participants a brief moment and opportunity to experience these new practices.

All events are free and open to the public.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Location: Texas Union, Santa Rita Room (3.502)

1:00 pm – 1:25 pm            

Welcome and Introductions

Domino R. Perez (Acting Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, UT Austin)

Holly Williams (Interim Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, UT Austin)

Richard Flores (Senor Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm           

Platica de Danza:

The Performative Body: Culture in Motion

Moderator: Roén Salinas (Theatre and Dance, UT Austin)

Panel: Cindy Garcia (Theater, University of Minnesota) , Deborah Paredez (Theatre and Dance, UT Austin), Rebecca Rossen (Theatre and Dance, UT Austin)

This panel will discuss the role and function of dance in our society and will explore how the body performs cultural transmission(s) and creates cultural identities.

2:35 pm – 3:35 pm           

Platica de Danza

A Dance Heritage: Writing US Chicano Dance into the American Artistic Landscape

Moderator: Clare Croft (Theatre and Dance, UT Austin)

Panel: Norma E. Cantú (English, UTSA), Domino Perez (English, UT Austin), Juanita Suarez (Latina Dance Project)

This panel will discuss means and methods of integrating the Chicano experience into the fields of Dance Studies/Choreography and Mexican-American Studies.

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm           

Keynote Conversation

Dancing at the Intersection(s): Embodied Knowledge in the Works of José Limón

Moderator: Roén Salinas (Theatre and Dance, UT Austin)

José E Limón (Mody Boatwright Regents Professor of American and English Literature, UT Austin)

Ann Vachon (Institute Director, José Limón Dance Foundation)

In discussing important aspects of our late preeminent Mexican-American choreographer, José Limón, Dr. Limón will share insights about current Mexican-American research trends and will offer thoughts on why the Chicano experience has not rendered in modern dance and in Mexican-American dance scholarship. Ann Vachon of the José Limón Dance Foundation will share the artistic and cultural legacy left to us by José Limón and will discuss the current role of the dance company in the rich American dance landscape.

5:15 pm – 6:45 pm           

Platica de Danza

Hechos y Recuerdos: Living Traces of José Limón

Ann Vachon, Institute Director of the José Limón Dance Foundation will present a platica that illustrates and examines the life and work of legendary choreographer José Limón.  Vachon will present segments of her documentary on Limón and speak to the guiding principles that helped shape and form his life in dance.  Vachon will also discuss her role and the role of the company in maintaining the legacy.

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm           


Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (College of Liberal Arts), and the Department of Theatre and Dance (College of Fine Arts).

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