The Coalition for Diasporan Scholars Moving, part 1 – Brenda Dixon Gottschild in conversation with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Curator/choreographer/performer Jaamil Olawale Kosoko talks with Brenda Dixon Gottschild, whose scholarship on the presence and influence of Africanist aesthetics in American dance forms has made an indelible intervention in the genealogy of dance history and contemporary dance. Here they discuss what led her to a career of writing about dance through the embodied perspective of a black female dancer. Their conversation also touches upon Gottscchild's most recent endeavor, the Coalition for Diasporan Scholars Moving; a nation-wide network of support organized to assist black scholars who have encountered racism in their attempts to attain degrees, tenure, diversity, etc. within U.S. university dance programs. This interview is part one of a two part series dedicated to this issue. Check back for a conversation between two dance scholars who found support through this resource.
Dance critic and scholar Celeste Fraser Delgado talks with Miami-based choreographer Rosie Herrera, of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, about her piece “Dining Alone,” running Thursday and Friday at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (Thursday 7:30 and 9:30 and Friday 7:30, tickets $20). They explore how a girl from a post-communist compound in the Cuban ghetto of Hialeah, Florida grew up to love opera, big ensembles, and even bigger emotions.
Curator and choreographer Rashida Bumbray talks with choreographer and dancer Camille Brown about her piece “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” running tonight through Saturday, April 6 at The Kitchen (8pm, tickets $15). They discuss Camille’s diverse source material (from vaudeville to Dave Chappelle), reissuing stereotypes, the myth of post-racialism, and the importance of the post-show Q&A.
From the CC editors
Co-editors Nicole Daunic and Aaron Mattocks are committed to diverse forms of writing that engage with the ephemeral nature of performance. We seek to investigate how subjective experience contextualizes live arts practices through experimentation with the narrative voice among artists, scholars, and citizens. We invite submissions that imaginatively and critically examine the processes and histories of artists and communities in the U.S. and abroad.