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Africa at Noon: Alessandra Williams
February 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“Global Perspectives: Afro-Asian Practices in Dance”
Inclusive Excellence Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies and Theatre and Dance
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
In dances such as the 2009 piece Saudade by David Roussève, choreographers have created Afro-Asian practices through intersecting contemporary West African-based movement, Indonesian, and Indian dance. Dances such as The Gettin’ by choreographer Kyle Abraham have situated Asian American dancing bodies at the intersection of African American and South African freedom struggles. How do intersections between African and Asian bodies, histories, and cultural practices create a global perspective in dance? How does globalism suppress cultural specificities, and how does dance use choreography to wrestle with these ideologies? How does a queer of color politics help us to understand how choreographers move between Afro-Asian intersections and African politics?
Dr. Alessandra Williams is a 2018-2019 Inclusive Excellence Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies and Theatre and Dance at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow, she earned a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance at UCLA. Her academic interests include dance, transnational feminism, queer of color theory, and comparative studies of race and ethnicity. Having joined the Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Theatre to train in Yorchhā in 2006, she has performed in seven company productions and recently worked alongside artistic director Dr. Ananya Chatterjea and founding company member Dr. Hui Wilcox to submit their book manuscript Meditation on Dream that explores social justice-based choreographies.