Last May, I had the tremendous privilege of taking part in the University of California Riverside Indigenous Choreographers Project with a group of immensely talented and thought-provoking artists/scholars.
The project is organized by Professor Jacqueline Shea Murphy from UCR whose generosity really set the tone for this encounter. The line up was incredible and if you do not know these artists, let me help you correct this situation!
- Rulan Tangen (http://www.dancingearth.org/)
- Emily Johnson ( http://www.catalystdance.com)
- Tanya Lukin Linklater (http://www.tanyalukinlinklater.com/)
- Jack Gray (http://www.jackthedancer.com/)
- the newly minted Dr. Mique’l Icesis Dangeli (see http://www.githayetsk.com/)
- Karyn Recollet (http://www.wgsi.utoronto.ca/person/karyn-recollet)
- Tria Andrews (http://ethnicstudies.berkeley.edu/graduate/profile.php?person=106)
- Michael Tsosie
- Maria Regina Firmino Castillo (http://unm.academia.edu/MariaReginaFirminoCastillo)
Sam Mitchell (who has recently started the PhD program in Theatre at UCSD!) and I presented on our work together. There were some amazing discussions about decolonizing academia, the necessity to create supportive communities for Indigenous scholars…
If you missed it, don’t fret: you will be able to read some of the works presented there in a special edition of Dance Research Journal edited by Jacqueline Shea Murphy on Indigenous Dance Today. It will be out in the winter of 2016 and I could not be prouder to be part of this amazing group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous thinkers/movers!