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Dance Studies Colloquium

Photo: Hubert Hazebroucq (independent artist/France), Between Technique and Dramaturgy: a Contemporary Dancer's Historical Method on November 7, 2017.

Photo: Richard Move (Queens College/CUNY) presenting Martha@20 - Sonic Bodies, Seizures and Spells on October 3, 2017.

Temple's Dance Studies Colloquium Speaker Series is a gift to the growing, international field of dance research. Not only does it provide a valuable forum for new scholarly work to be developed and discussed, but it also provides the field with a means of keeping the scholarly conversation going in between annual conferences. -- Danielle Robinson, York University, Dance Studies Colloquium presenter on Nov. 15

Dance Studies Colloquium is a dynamic interactive speaker series designed to facilitate a dialogue about emerging topics and issues related to dance. It brings together artists and scholars to explore how we assimilate ideas and events and our resulting actions within the field of dance.

This free bi-monthly event is held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm at the CHAT Lounge, Gladfelter Hall, 10th floor, Temple University (main campus) and is streamed live and archived. All are welcome, and we invite you to join in the conversation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Franko or Nichole Arvin

2017-18 Dance Studies Colloquium Series
(View live and archived streams here)

The series is free and open to the public. Location: CHAT Lounge, Gladfelter Hall, 10th fl., Temple University.

Fall 2017:

September 19 Sheron Wray (University of CA, Irvine),Towards Embodiology: How West African Performance Aesthesis Informs Praxes of ContemporaryDance Improvisation

October 3     Richard Move (Queens College/CUNY), Martha@20 - Sonic Bodies, Seizures and Spells

November 7   Hubert Hazebroucq (independent artist/France), Between Technique and Dramaturgy: a Contemporary Dancer's Historical Method

November 8 Hubert Hazebroucq with Steven Zohn (Baroque flutist): Lecture/Demonstration on Baroque Dance: seeing the music/feeling the dance. Rock Hall Auditorium. 5:00-6:30PM.

November 28 Joanna Dee Das (Washington University), Choreographing Diaspora: Katherine Dunham as an Artist-Activist

pring 2018

January 23   SanSan Kwan (UCB), On Love and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration

February 6 Petra Kuppers (University of Michigan), Asylum Dancing

February 20  Olga de Soto (independent artist/Belgium/Spain), Re-imagining “Le Jeune Homme et la mort”: histoire(s)

March 13   Timmy de Laet (Visiting Scholar Temple University), Trading Dance: Transatlantic Currencies in Postwar Choreography (1958-1991)

March 27 Olivia Sabee (Swarthmore College), Ballet blanc from Revolutionary Festival to Iconic White Act

April 10  Fiona Macintosh (Oxford University), Telling Tales with the Body

April 24  Juan Ignacio Vallejos (CONICET, Argentina), Articulations of the political in Argentine contemporary dance

If you would like more information contact Dr. Mark Franko (

Photo: Katherine Dunham in L’Ag’Ya, n.d. Photographer unknown. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis.

Presenters in previous series:

Clare Croft, University of Michigan
Jeff Friedman, Rutgers University
Harmony Bench, Ohio State University
Jane Desmond, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Danielle Robinson, York University
Pallabi Chakravorty, Swarthmore College
Danielle Goldman, The New School
Lucia Ruprecht, University of Cambridge
Cindy Garcia, University of Minnesota
Michelle Ellsworth, University of Colorado
Nadine George, University of California San Diego
Rachmi Diyah Larasati, University of Minnesota
Gustavus Stadler, Haverford College
Barbara Browning, New York University
Rebecca Schneider, Brown University
Michelle Clayton, Brown University
Abigail Levine, Independent choreographer and dancer
Claudia Jeschke, Independent scholar, re-constructor and choreographer
Sanja Andus-L'Hotellier, University of Paris
Ramon Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University
Mary Marshall Clark, Columbia University
Christine Dakin, Independent Artist, NYC
Thomas F. Defrantz, Duke University
Mark Franko, Temple University
Cindy Carcia, University of Minesota
Jens Giersdorf, Marymount Manhattan College
Judith Hamera, Princeton University
Susan Jones, University of Oxford (UK)
Marion Kant, University of Cambridge (UK)
Julie Malnig, New York University
Debra McCall, Bauhaus Dances, Ross Institute, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies
Felicia McCarren, Tulane University
Avanthi Meduri, Roehampton University (UK)
Vida Midgelow, Middlesex University (UK)
Alessandra Nicifero, Dance Writer & Translator, NYC
Anna Pakes, University of Roehampton (UK)
Clare Parfitt-Brown, University of Chichester (UK)
Wendy Perron, Former Editor-In-Chief of Dance Magazine
Katherine Profeta, Queens College, CUNY
Rebecca Rossen, University of Texas, Austin

Series Posters

2017-2018 Dance Studies Colloquium (pdf)
2016-2017 Dance Studies Colloquium (pdf)
2015-2016 Dance Studies Colloquium (pdf)
2014-2015 Dance Studies Colloquium (pdf)
2013-2014 Dance Studied Colloquim (pdf)