Dance/Performance in Interdisciplinary Perspective Symposium

This symposium, hosted by the Williams College Dance Department, approaches dance and performance as an interdisciplinary method, site of inquiry, and medium of learning. It will bring together scholars and practitioners from Williams College and beyond who utilize movement-oriented performances to engage with disciplines as diverse as sports and martial arts, theater, music, sciences, arts, and anthropology. In framing “dance/performance” broadly as both staged and everyday acts of representation, as a lens for contextual analysis and a technique of bodily practice, the symposium will emphasize how embodied practices can provide insightful perspectives into issues relevant to the humanities and sciences. It will also highlight the various ways that “dance/performance” can enable collaborations that may be thought of as non-traditional or non-normative. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Janet O’Shea, Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA.

Time Panel Location
Fri. Mar. 9, 2018


7:30pm – 8:45pm Opening Panel:
Maren Hassinger & Sandra Burton
Rashida K. Braggs (Africana Studies)
Kai M. Green (WGSS)
Moderated by Sandra Burton (Dance)
8:45pm Reception WCMA
Sat. Mar. 10, 2018    
9am Coffee and Snacks 62 Center (CTD)
9:30am – 10:45 am “Besides, Beyond”:
Amy Holzapfel (Theatre)
Tomas Adalsteinsson (Golf)
Moderated by Greg Mitchell (WGSS)
CenterStage, CTD
11am – 12 pm Keynote: Janet O’Shea
Moderated by Janine Parker (Dance)
CenterStage, CTD
12 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch on your own  
1:30pm – 2:45 pm “Suspended Gestures”:
Erica Dankmeyer (Dance)
Catherine Howe (Art History)
Horace Ballard (WCMA)
3 pm – 4:15 pm “Subversive Moves”:
Corinna Campbell (Music)
Vivian Huang (WGSS)
Allana Clarke (Art)
Moderated by VaNatta Ford (Africana Studies)
L231 (accessible through WCMA)
4:15pm – 5pm Transition to CTD, Coffee and Snacks CTD
5pm – 6:15pm “Patterns of Dialogue”:
Colin Adams (Maths)
Shayok Misha Chowdhury (Theatre) & Kameron Neal

Moderated by Munjulika Tarah (Dance)

CenterStage, CTD