Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement”

Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

Local, national and international dance experts, scholars and performers introduce the NBAF season focus on dance across the African Diaspora in a day-long symposium that examines the national and global impact and the history, traditions and rich variety of dance forms that emerged from the 18th century to the present.  The symposium considers the extraordinary contributions of trailblazing dancers and choreographers who sustained, challenged and transformed many of the forms while establishing new genres and styles over the centuries.  

Developed and moderated by Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz, a dance historian and scholar at Duke University and author of several publications on Black dance including Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (2002) and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture (2004), the symposium “Dance Across the Diaspora” emphasizes audience participation, engagement and interactivity through conversation and exchange as well as dance demonstrations of old social, modern and contemporary street-derived forms. Participation is encouraged!

Presented in partnership with the High Museum of Art, the symposium participants include: moderator, Professor Thomas DeFrantz; Yvonne Daniel, Professor Emerita, Smith College (speaking on Afro-Caribbean dance); Halifu Osumare, Chair, African American Studies, UC Davis (speaking on historical forms of Black social dance); T. Lang, founder/choreographer T. Lang Dance, Assistant Professor, Spelman College; John Perpener, Professor Emeritus, Florida State University (speaking on dance iconoclast Eleo Pomare); Nena Gilreath, founder/dancer/choreographer, Ballethnic; A’Keitha Carey, independent artist (teaching a Carib-funk dance workshop); StoryBoard Pete, independent artist (international celebrity in Street Dance) and Onye Ozuzu, Chair and Dean, Columbia College Chicago (teaching a specialized Technology of the Circle).

Tickets include includes free admission to the High Museum and master class with Savion Glover!