Seonagh Odhiambo, former predoctoral fellow with the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, is taking dance improvisation to a new level. The renowned choreographer will pair dance with the jazz of famed bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin in an unprecedented work-in-progress on June 24. The piece is to be presented at York University’s “Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory,” the 2011 conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars.
Performed by the dancers of Odhiambo’s Los Angeles and Toronto-based dance company, Asava Dance, the project is an exploration of water. Accompanied by Maupin’s original score, Odhiambo’s dancers will perform a study of water’s movement and healing potential. Maupin, who is best known for his performance on Miles Davis’ classic album, “Bitches Brew,” drew his inspiration not only from water, but from the movement of the dancers themselves.
Odhiambo also plans to use the performance as an opportunity to draw from audience contributions such as stories pertaining that connect with the theme of water. The dance will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at York University in Toronto.
For more information, visit the conference’s website at http://www.sdhs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=166.
Odhiambo received both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1995 and 2000 respectively. She received her Ph.D. in dance from the Temple University in 2009. She served as a predoctoral fellow for the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men in 2006. Currently, Odhiambo serves as an assistant professor in dance education at California State University, Los Angeles.