Keynote Panel: "Engaging Process"
Friday Feb 11th, 2011
Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch. She is the author of Samba: Resistance in Motion (winner of the De la Torre Bueno Prize for an outstanding publication in dance studies) and Infectious Rhythm: Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture. Her first novel, The Correspondence Artist, is coming out this month, and a second (narrated by a dance scholar), will be released next year.
Frederick Curry, MA, CMA, is Program Administrator and Adjunct Faculty in the graduate Dance Education Program at NYU, where his focus is on technique and pedagogy and Laban Movement Analysis. He is also on the faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS®) in New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization and was a 2006 U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy to Uganda. In New York, he has danced with Zendora Dance Company and Rod Rodgers Dance Company, among others, and has performed leading roles in New York productions of "The Vengeance of Mami Wata" by Rose-Marie Guiraud, and "Owl in Love" by composer Jon Deak. His choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, the American Dance Guild Performance Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, The Bridge, La MaMa, and LIMS® Mosaic in New York. He has taught in youth dance programs in England, Switzerland, Connecticut, New York, and North Dakota, and is on the faculty at the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y. He holds an M.A. in Dance Education from NYU, is a Certified Movement Analyst through LIMS®, has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Alabama, and a Professional Diploma in Community Dance from Laban Centre London.
Links: Dance Education Program website: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/dance/
Laban/Bartenieff Institute website: www.limsonline.org
Shalewa Mackall's work as a choreographer and educator reflects her lifelong dedication to the preservation, documentation, performance and creation of dances in the many traditions of the African Diaspora. Working with students at every stage of life from pre-school to elders in dance studios, community centers, churches, schools and universities she has embraced communicating the power and beauty of movement as a tool for healing and connection as her mission. Weaving together elements of Modern Dance, many different traditional forms and contemporary House and Hip-Hop Dance, the movement language Shalewa has developed, Movement for the Urban Village, shares its name with this performance company.
Shalewa has collaborated with installation artist Kim Mayhorn on the presentation of Zong an experimental Dance Theater piece exploring the Middle Passage experience, presented at HERE in New York City. Shalewa has been an artist in residence with Toledo, OH's Alma Dance creating Hang Time for them. She has also created movement for Wild Child Production's, For Colored Girls…and Cheryl Harnest's Sacred is the New Profane, winner of the 2008 Midtown International Theatre Festival Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Solo Show.
Shalewa has been very fortunate that her experiences as a performer have included work as a dancer with many outstanding companies including: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Maimouna Keita, Feet of Rhythm, Ballethnic, Harambee and Giwayen Mata. This work has taken her to such esteemed venues as Sorrano National Theater of Dakar, Senegal, Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Riverside Church and The National Black Arts Festival. As a choreographer and educator Shalewa’s work has taken her to Stanford University, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, Barnard College, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Children's Museum, The Museum for African Art, The Wooster Group and many other institutions.
Shalewa is a member of the faculty at Saint Ann's School, Sarah Lawrence College and Charles Moore Dance Theater. She also facilitates Fieldwork groups and works as a teaching artist throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Will Rawls is a dancer and independent choreographer working in New York City. His choreography investigates relations between the body, language and site-specificity, with emphases on vocal performance and rhythmic dancing. During his 2009-2010 residency at Dance Theater Workshop, Rawls began developing The Planet-Eaters, an exploration of Balkan folk dance, wartime media strategies and social choreography. The Planet-Eaters will premiere at The Chocolate Factory in Fall 2012. He has also presented works at The Brooklyn Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, PS 122 and Danspace Project, among others. In 2010, Rawls was an interpreter in Tino Sehgal's "This Progress" at the Guggenheim Museum and re-performed works by Marina Abramovicat the Museum of Modern Art. Rawls currently assists Abramovic in developing training workshops for future performers in the international tours of her work. With collaborator, Kennis Hawkins, Rawls appears as the duo, Dance Gang, which will present its performance installation, Dog Three, in NYC in October 2011. He served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Dance at Barnard College in Fall 2010 as part of the Barnard Project at Dance Theater Workshop. Rawls' writings have been published in The Movement Research Performance Journal, Dance Magazine, The Swedish Dance History and on Artslant.com. Under the auspices of INPEX, a Swedish arts collective, Rawls was invited to co-edit The INPEX, a daily newspaper on choreographic practice, distributed at ImPulsTanz, Vienna, in August 2009. In addition, Rawls works closely with the organization Movement Research in NYC. Rawls co-produced ROLL CALL, the Movement Research Spring Festival 2009, which focused on the economic crisis and its effects and interpretations in the performing community. With funds form the festival, he produced the first ever documentary film about Movement Research and was subsequently appointed to the Movement Research Board of Directors, where he continues to serve as an artist advisor. As a dancer, Rawls has performed with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Noemie LaFrance, nicholasleichterdance, Katie Workum, Neal Medlyn and with David Neumann / advanced beginner group since 2007. Rawls holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Williams College and was a 2008 danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz, Vienna.
Performance artist Martha Wilson is Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., a museum she established in her TriBeCa storefront loft in lower Manhattan which, since its inception in 1976, has presented and preserved temporal art: artists’ books and other multiples produced internationally after 1960; temporary installations; and performance art. Franklin Furnace “went virtual” on its 20th anniversary, taking the Internet as its art medium and public venue to give artists the freedom of expression they had enjoyed in the loft in the 70s. Ms. Wilson lectures widely on the book as an art form, on performance art, and on “variable media art.”
Trained in English Literature, Ms. Wilson was teaching at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design when she became fascinated by artworks created at the intersection of text and image. In New York, she founded DISBAND, the all-girl punk band of artists who couldn’t play any instruments. Since DISBAND disbanded in 1982, she has performed in the guises of Alexander Haig, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Tipper Gore. In the spring of 2008, she had her first solo exhibition in New York at Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Martha Wilson: Photo/Text Works, 1971-1974.”