New Research in Dance - S.J Norman. "The Body: Spectacle of Truth and Theatre of Fantasy"

Department of Dance
New Research in Dance Studies Colloquium Series:
Ritual / Power / Corpo-Realities

Coordinated by María Regina Firmino-Castillo

 S.J Norman

"The Body: Spectacle of Truth and Theatre of Fantasy"

October 30, 2019
Wednesday, 4:30-6:20 PM
Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102 (Athletics and Dance Building)
Free and open to the campus

Cosponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies, Art History and Ethnic Studies.

*Content notice: Discussion of explicit material, including nudity and experimental corporeal practices.

S.J NORMAN is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Their career has so far spanned 15 years and has embraced a diversity of disciplines and formal outcomes, including solo and ensemble performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. They are a non-binary transmasculine person and a diasporic Koori, born on Gadigal land (Australia).

S.J Norman’s practice is routed through the VOLATILE INTERSTICES OF THE SOCIAL AND THE CORPOREAL. Working extensively with durational and spatial practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman's primary medium is the body: THE BODY AS A SPECTACLE OF TRUTH AND A THEATRE OF FANTASY; A SIPHON OF PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY; AN ORGANISM WITH WHICH WE ARE INFINITELY FAMILIAR AND ETERNALLY ESTRANGED; A SITE WHICH IS EQUALLY LOADED AND EMPTY OF MEANING, WHERE HISTORIES, NARRATIVES, DESIRES AND DISCOURSES CONVERGE AND COLLAPSE.

Norman frequently utilizes relational and process-based choreographies as a mode of structural critique: reflected in their work is an abiding interest in THE SPACE BETWEEN BODIES, the forces that occupy it, and how the live act might be utilized as a mean to examine, disrupt and re-inscribe prevailing systems of social power.

Norman seeks through much of their work to implicate the body of the audience and the body of the performer as CO-AGENTS IN MAGICAL ACTS, through which they seek to forge hybrid languages of ritual and knowledge-making.

 

INFORMATION: mariafc@ucr.edu  dance.ucr.edu
Photo: S.J Norman in Cicatrix 1 (that which is taken/that which remains), 2019; photo by Ricardo Martínez Roa.

Many thanks to: Lily Chan Szeto and Kathleen DeAtley for logistical and communications support; Jacqueline Shea Murphy for sharing institutional memory, syllabi, and practical advice; taisha paggett, Melissa M. Wilcox, Liz Przybylski, Deborah Wong, and Bronwyn Leebaw for generous co-sponsorship and camaraderie; Luís Lara Malvacías for magnanimous provocations; and department chair, Joel Smith, for trusting the process.

 

Wednesday, October 30 at 4:30pm to 6:20pm

Athletics & Dance Building, Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102
Athletics & Dance Building, Riverside, CA 92521

Event Type

Arts, Dance, Lectures & Presentations

Audience

Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, International Students, Transfer Students

Department
Dance
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