Dance Studies Working Group September Events


From: DSWG Berkeley <dswgberk>

The Dance Studies Working Group is back in action for the fall. We have updated our website and have a set of events lined up for this academic year. Below you will find our September events – the first one being tomorrow (!) at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco. The department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies has moved locations on campus. It is now located within Dwinelle Hall, rather than Dwinelle Annex.

This year we will focus more on works-in-progress feedback sessions for both academic writing as well as performances projects. If you are working on writing about dance or a new piece and would like to workshop your work, do get in touch with us.

Happy fall,
-Olive, Randi and Bélgica (Co-organizers of the DSWG)

Public Talk with Diane Madden
Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00pm
Joe Goode Annex | 499 Alabama St, San Francisco, 94110

In partnership with Hope Mohr Dance’s Bridge Project, DSWG co-sponsors a free public talk with Diane Madden, Co-Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, about the work of Trisha Brown. Madden will be sharing archival footage and discussing Brown’s Locus (1975) and Brown’s work in general. After her talk, Madden will take questions and allow time for discussion. This conversation is part of a larger series of workshops and performances responding to Trisha Brown’s Locus. Find more info about the project here.

Diane Madden attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts before joining the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1980. Since then, Madden has danced, directed, taught, studied and reconstructed Brown’s work for nearly 35 years. A much lauded performer, Madden has been described in the New York Times as “one of those dancers who can make magic out of almost any task.” Madden has served as Brown’s personal assistant and was the rehearsal director from 1984-2000. She continued to teach and direct special projects for the Company before serving again as Rehearsal Director from 2010 until 2013, when she was named Associate Artistic Director. Through the talents of dancers both within the company and from internationally known schools and companies, Madden enjoys keeping Brown’s rich range of choreography alive on stages and alternative sites worldwide. Madden has developed an approach to teaching that weaves anatomically grounded technique with improvisation, composition and performance skills. In addition to her own performance work in collaborative improvisational forms, she is greatly influenced by her study and practice of Aikido with Fuminori Onuma. Madden is honored to be the recipient of two Princess Grace Awards, the first in 1986 and the second for sustained achievement in 1994.

Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Shea Murphy
Tuesday, September 20 at 5pm
Dwinelle 44B, UC Berkeley | South Drive, Berkeley 94720

In anticipation of Indigenous People’s Day, DSWG hosts Jacqueline Shea Murphy for a free talk on Indigenous dance and its relationship to the dance field and academia. Shea Murphy will also speak about the research from her latest book project and encourage discussion. Find more info about Shea Murphy here.