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The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) supports working dance artists as they experiment, engage in the creative process, and advocate for their work and for the field.
May 20: Dancing Conversation - Women & Witchcraft with Liz Lerman
Join us this spring for Dancing Conversations — free, virtual events that reveal how dance processes the world beyond the studio and the stage!
On May 20, join acclaimed choreographer Liz Lerman (Tempe, AZ) and guest scholars from The University of Akron for a conversation on witchcraft, gender, and the demonization and invisibility of aging women.
Lerman's most recent work, Wicked Bodies, is supported by an NCCAkron Satellite Residency.
Thursday, May 20
June 17: Dancing Conversation - Black Male Choreographers
For the past year, the artists of NCCAkron's Dancing Lab: BLKmenMoves have been convening virtually to establish a network of collegial support and give critical feedback on one another's work. Lab participants are dancemakers Jean Appolon (Boston, MA); Kevin Lee-Y Green (Wilmington, NC); and Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH); with Charles O. Anderson (Austin, TX) as the program’s facilitator.
On June 17, join these artists, along with Satellite Residency artist Iquail Shaheed (Philadelphia, PA), for a conversation on the plurality of Black male identities and decolonized metrics of success.
This event is free and virtual — register today to join us on YouTube.
Thursday, June 17
June 19: REFRAME / REMNANT / RITUAL Film Premiere
Join NCCAkron for the premiere of a collection of short dance films by Cara Hagan (Boone, NC/Australia) and her artistic collaborators as part of NCCAkron’s Community Commissioning Residency. Hagan’s artistic collaborators include Ananya Chatterjea (Minneapolis, MN), Paloma McGregor (New York, NY), and Tamara (Fákẹ́mi) Williams (Charlotte, NC). The cohort works closely with poet Jacinta V. White (Winston-Salem, NC) and dramaturg Sharon Bridgforth (Los Angeles, CA). The films explore ancestry, embodied relationships to place, and the reframing of histories as women of color.
The films will premiere through NCCAkron’s YouTube channel on June 19 — Juneteenth, also known as African American Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. The virtual premiere is free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 19
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NCCAkron aims to foster geographic equity and to fulfill our potential as a national center. We commit to supporting a stronger, more visibly connected network focused on research and development across the dance ecosystem.
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- NCCAKRON ALUMNI ARTIST
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Photo credits: Above video contains images courtesy Dale Dong Photography; Mike Crupi; Jonny Riese; Cara Hagan performs at the 2018 Performática Festival in Cholula, Mexico. Photo by Victor Blanco.