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Knowing Dance More: Marguerite Hemmings and Simone White

March 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Knowing Dance More is a series of lectures, conversations and informal showings led by visiting artists and scholars in the international field of dance. Pairing choreographers and writers, the spring sessions highlights the emergent knowledges that take shape in the dialogue between dancing and discursive practices.

Marguerite Hemmings, performance artist and educator, is Jamaican born, raised in New Jersey, and has been living in the NYC area for over a decade. She graduated from Columbia University in Education and Urban Studies. Hemmings is a movement improviser that specializes in street and social dance styles. She has been working inside of a dance practice called Experimental Dancehall, a term she uses to reference her connection to and study of one of her homelands, Jamaica, and to more broadly reference her belief in social dance practices as a real time embodying of liberation, reparation, and social change.

Hemmings’ work centers itself in liberation. She has been subverting, working, and creating with youth as a teaching artist for a very long time. She has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage, University Settlement, and Dancing While Black to further her work as an artist/youth organizer. She is most recently a recipient of the 2017-18 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellowship, and through that, also the Projecting All Voices Fellowship at ASU. She, along with 19 other comrades, is a 2017 recipient of the Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Skeleton Architecture. She is currently working on a self-directed, multimedia endeavor called we free. we free is a multi-media project that looks at the millennial approach to liberation through its music, social dance and social media. we free is centered in the livelihood and reparation of the African continent and diaspora. It is a social experiment, a conversation, a non-performance, a call to action, a revival, a basement party, an ode to, and in moments a critique of, the millennial generation and what we are doing, right now, to be free.

Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, Unrest and House Envy of All the World. Her work has appeared in e-flux, Frieze, BOMB, Chicago Review and Harper’s, among other places. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Brooklyn.

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March 6
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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