Identity In Dance Dance Across the Board Graduate Student
Conference (DAB) Hosted by New York University, Tisch Dance
Department February 3-4, 2012
Call for PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES Deadline Friday, December 2nd
DAB seeks to provide an interdisciplinary
platform where graduate students from across the country working in various
aspects of dance, movement, and body-based performance can come together to
dialogue about their research and interests. We invite proposals that consider
the theme “Identity in Dance” in various areas.
The identity of the artist, both internally
experienced and externally manifested, is the pulse of most authentic, creative
endeavors. The personality and values of the individual or collective permeates
all areas of dance, encompassing choreography, performance, pedagogy, and
critique. Without careful consideration of reflective intention and
action, the artistic self becomes nothing more than an aggregate of learned
behaviors. The resonance of humanity, so critical to art-making, becomes
nullified. The perception, response, and appraisal of identity stem from the
dispersion of this specific individuality.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Creative implications of identity
+ Can collaborative methods enhance or diminish the identity of the artist?
+ How does identity manifest itself in improvised performance?
+ Can the artist employ a body of multiple identities?
- Influences of witnesses of identity
+What role, if any, does a potential witness play on an artist’s identity? Are
they an active or passive part of shaping identity?
+Once a singular identity is established and has captured an audience's
attention; must the artist maintain this distinctiveness? How does the artist
negotiate new identities if the witness is a consideration in there work?
+Must it function as a personal critique? Is it possible to remain truly
neutral and fixed in the face of critique?
+How does the artist ethically handle the demands of promoting their work?
+Does our culture of relentless self promotion allow for the construction of
valid artistic identities? What role does social media play in identity?
+Can globalization and shrinking borders create a bleeding of identities? Or,
do these external factors evidence themselves in splintered and fragmented
artistic communities, each protective of its unique function in the
+Temporality versus longevity in identity. What is fixed and what mutate-able?
Do precarious economic factors necessitate a change in focus?
DAB welcomes proposals in the form of papers, performances,
lecture-demonstrations, films, and mixed media. Alternative presentation forms
are encouraged. Presentations should not exceed 10 minutes. The conference will
be curated into panels.