Athletics & Dance Building, Riverside, CA 92521

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UC RIVERSIDE Department of Dance

New Research in Dance Studies: In-Tension-Ally-Ties
Coordinated by Jacqueline Shea Murphy   Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Assistant Coordinator


DJ Kuttin’ Kandi and DJ Lynnée Denise, in discussion with Imani Kai Johnson
Embodiment and the Art of the DJ

DJ Kuttin’ Kandi, Anomalies Crew, poet, organizer
DJ Lynnée Denise, Lecturer, CSU Los Angeles and UCLA
Imani Kai Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, UC Riverside

December 5, 2018
Wednesday, 4:10-6:00 pm
Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102 (Athletics and Dance Building)
Free and open to the campus

Join us for this improvisational exchange between two prolific DJs and a dance studies scholar as they talk about the work of moving bodies and minds through music, social justice activism, and “DJ scholarship.”  Topics include Hip Hop’s approach to inclusion, the relationship to dancers, research outside of the academy, and what it means to engage progressive politics in their work.  DJ Lynnée Denise will also screen Circle Formation (12 min.), her reflective experimental video project which uses the “Ring Shout” to highlight the link between black social dance, and disco and house music.  The video draws from elements of the "mixed tape" to provide sonic and visual contextualization of the rhythmic pulse, known as "the one.”

DJ Kuttin’ Kandi identifies as a disabled Pilipinx/Pin@y-American Queer, Writer, Poet, Theater Performer, Educator, Hip Hop Feminist, and Community Organizer.  She co-founded Anomolies Crew.  And in 2018, she has been named a Global Hip Hop & Cultural Ambassador, Rockwood Fellow, and Artist-in-Residence for UC San Diego’s SPACES and the San Diego International Airport.

DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist working to create multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experiences that require audiences to apply critical thinking to how the arts can hold viable solutions to social inequality.  She is a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA in the Department of African American Studies, and a Lecturer in African American Studies at CSU Los Angeles.

Imani Kai Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies, and the co-founder and chair of the Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference Series.  She is completing her manuscript titled Dark Matter in Breaking Cyphers: Africanist Aesthetics in Global Hip Hop (Oxford University Press).

Presentations are followed by dialogue with audience, then reception on the patio.
INFORMATION: (951) 827-3245

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