UCR Department of Dance

New Research in Critical Dance Studies Colloquium Series

Towards Antiracist Futures of Dance in the Post-Pandemic Academy 

Recently, dance organizations and institutions across the country have pronounced themselves in different forms against historical social and racial injustice. They have drafted values intended to prompt commitments to fighting against systemic racism and social marginalization. The colloquium and the Schlundt Lecture are motivated by the premise that in order to implement structural changes there must be a radical change on how we have learned to think, be, feel, care, do, and make in the world and in relation to one another. Presenters will be sharing their radical imagination as we keep the fire burning and the momentum going toward envisioning and building a more equitable and antiracist (dance) world.

Coordinated by Jose L Reynoso
Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies

MAY 13, 2021 Thursday, 1:30-3:20 pm PDT 
ONLINE - Free and open to the campus and broader community

Register in advance for this series (one link for all presentations): 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the presentation.  

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Dr. Adanna Kai Jones (she/her/hers) and Dr. J Dellecave (she/her/hers & they/them) 
Workshop Co-Facilitators 

"Un/Commoning Pedagogies: Moving Together Towards a Practice of Anti-Racist Embodiments" 

This event will take place as an interactive workshop with audience participation. Un/Commoning Pedagogies Collective—Dasha A. Chapman, J Dellecave, Adanna Kai Jones, Sharon Kivenko, Mario LaMothe, Lailye Weidman, Queen Mecca Zabriskie—are a cohort of artist-educators committed to centering dance, embodiment, and social justice via our pedagogical work. We teach across the intersections of diverse fields: Anthropology, Sociology, Black and Africana Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Dance, and Performance Studies. As a collective, we critically position movement and embodiment as a method for forging anti-racism and collectively in our classrooms and beyond. We assert that anti-racism is something that must happen collectively, as opposed to as individuals or proclaimed experts. We practice anti-racism together, in dialogue, in critique, and with a commitment to both embodiment and care. Rooted in our ongoing collaborations and experimentations, we invite you to co-generate knowledge about the shared possibilities and tensions of teaching and learning, via our full-bodied selves. Today’s workshop will be co-facilitated by Adanna Kai Jones and J Dellecave. 

Adanna Kai Jones (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Studies in the Theater and Dance Department at Bowdoin College. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside, and her BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts—Rutgers University. As a scholar, her research generally focuses on Caribbean dance and identity politics within the Diaspora, paying particular focus to the rolling hip dance known as winin’. With regards to her own creative pursuits, she has choreographed dance-theater pieces that were not only based on her research but were also used as tools for generating more research questions. akjones@bowdoin.edu

J Dellecave (Ph.D., UC Riverside Critical Dance Studies) is an interdisciplinary performance maker, scholar, and educator. J’s scholarly research examines relationships between embodiment and commentary on US imperial violence. J is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. j_dellecave@brown.edu

This series is supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office Visiting Artist Fund

Information: dance@ucr.edu 

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As we strive to constantly renew our commitments to social and racial justice as a department, we acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of the land where UC Riverside is located:  The Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples (see full land acknowledgement). The life of our department and the upkeep of our facilities are maintained by the labor of so many people we are grateful for. Special thanks to Kathleen DeAtley, Program Promotions Manager, and Lily Chan Szeto, Event Specialist, for contributing their expertise to the production of this Colloquium and Schlundt lecture. 

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