Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance Offers A Speaker Series – Reflection:Response

Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance offers Reflection:Response, a performance and speaker series that brings together artists and scholars to explore how we assimilate ideas and events and our resulting actions within the field of dance. The series invites attendees to consider as a starting point how one ‘reflects’ and ‘responds’ through different kinds of embodiment.

The Experiential Body
– How have we re-conceived the body through new somatic methodologies?
– In what ways has the digital age altered how we present and disseminate dance?
– How do we learn through occupying or transgressing our mobile and multiple identities?

The Choreographic Body
– To what extent is dance troubled by the external visual gaze and how might we seek to resist this?
– How can choreography challenge traditional time frames and mobilize dance into alternative spatial configurations?
– What are the politics of archiving and re-staging work and what role does intentionality play?

The Activist Body
– How does our practice speak back to the economic landscape, political rhetoric and social values?
– Are we able to take risks with dance that might engender a collective effort to take affirmative action?
– Can dance engineer community revitalization and does it offer opportunity to dismantle normative hierarchies?


October 19, 2012   10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
“Doppelgänger with a Difference: African Americana in Ruth Page’s Ballets”
Presenter: Dr. Joellen Meglin, Temple University Dance Dept. Faculty

November 9, 2012   10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
“More Savage than Any of Them”: Ritualized Sexual Aggression in the Apache Dance of the Ragtime Dance Era and Beyond”
Presenter: Dr. Eden Kainer, Independent Scholar / PHENND

November 30, 2012   10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
“Performing ‘One Country, Two Systems’”: Experimental Kun Opera in Hong Kong”
Presenter: Ellen Gerdes, Temple University Dance Dept. Adjunct Faculty

Location For All Speaker Series
Temple University – Room 312
1700 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Admission: FREE

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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