January 28, 2000 GENEVA, NY – Author and professor of dance Brenda Dixon Gottschild will present a demonstration that will trace the African presence in selected modes of American performance. Gottschild's forum, titled “Stripping the Emperor: Africanisms in American Performance,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, in Coxe Hall, Room 8, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The demonstration is free and open to the public.
In her lecture-demonstration, Gottschild will emphasize George Balanchine's Americanization of ballet, the roots of modern dance, and the postmodern aesthetic of selected contemporary choreographers.
Gottschild is the author of Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts (1996), and has a book forthcoming titled Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era. She is a professor of dance at Temple University and the Philadelphia critic for Dance magazine. She also co-authored the most recent edition of The History of Dance in Art and Education.
The event is sponsored by the Africana studies, and women's studies programs, and the dance department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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