Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Siglo XXI Modern Movimientos Danza: A Symposium on Chicano Dance

Sat, October 17, 2009 | Anna Hiss Gymnasium, Dance Studio (134) and F. Loren Winship Drama Building, B. Iden Payne Theatre

10:00 AM - 10:00 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.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dance Workshops

Location: Anna Hiss Gymnasium, Dance Studio (134)

10:00 am – 11:00 am           

Taller de Danza 1. Modern Dance/Danza Contemporánea

This taller (workshop) is designed to give participants an embodied opportunity to physically experience the logics of the American modern dance tradition.

Facilitators: Juanita Suarez (Latina Dance Project), Licia Perea (Latina Dance Project) 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm           

Taller de Danza 2.  Storydancing: Moving Memories: Architectures of Body Rhythms  

This taller (workshop) will make use of life experiences to create movement and spatial patterns and engage rhythms, explore space, and allow energy to influence natural movement patterns.  This taller will introduce students to the dance techniques that informs today’s contemporary Mexican-American/Chicano dance.

Facilitators: Belinda Menchaca (Guadalupe Dance Company), Roén Salinas (Aztlan Dance Company) 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Taller de Danza 3. Modern Movimientos: Limón Technique Master Class

This taller (workshop) will introduce movement participants to Limón foundational body principles.  Students will have an opportunity to ask questions immediately following the session.

Facilitator: Ann Vachon (José Limón Dance Foundation) 


Evening Performance Showcases

Location: F. Loren Winship Drama Building, B. Iden Payne Theatre

6:00 – 8:00pm     New Inventions: Chicano Dance Imaginations

8:00 – 10:00pm   Post-Performance Convivencia & Reception

The Evening Performance Showcases will feature: the Aztlan Dance Company, the Guadalupe Dance Company, Grupo Flor y Canto, the Latina Dance Project, and DJ Trey, aka Manolo Black.

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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