For RoundTable Fall 2020 Participants!

Inspired by the pursuit of life-long learning, new complimentary sessions will be offered throughout the term and are open exclusively to RoundTable Fall 2020 participants. Each session will be live streamed and then available to watch for one week after it airs. 

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Why We Dance: from Modernism to the Contemporary Moment

Moderated by Emily Wexler

 

Why, where, when, and how do people dance? How does the history of the dance field reflect and inform aspects of our present culture? Using a critically theoretical and intersectional lens, particularly in regards to how race, gender, ableism, and class impact dance and our culture landscape, the presentation will include a brief introduction to some historically significant dance artists and put their lives in context with the philosophical and emotional relevance which constructs art making and meaning.

Emily Wexler is a choreographer, dancer, writer, and educator. Her work has been seen in a variety of settings from MoMA PS 1 to the cafeterias of Senior Citizen Centers. As a performer she has worked primarily with Kim Brandt, Rebecca Brooks, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Yvonne Meier, Ryan McNamara, and Jen McGinn. She is on faculty teaching Critical Dance Studies at the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, Long Island University in Brooklyn, and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She spends her summers teaching teenagers how to make work and dance at the Putney School Summer Programs in Vermont. In 2012 she was honored with a Bessie Nomination in performance for her work with Yvonne Meier. She has a B.A. and M.F.A in dance from Hollins University. Her work is dedicated to making people feel wild and free.