Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement

Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Atlanta, Georgia (July 7, 2015) – To inaugurate its stunning 2015 season, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) presents the all-day Symposium “Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement” on Saturday, July 18 at the High Museum of Art. Through discussion, presentation and participatory offerings, local, national and international dance experts, scholars and performers including tap master Savion Glover explore the national and global impact and the history, traditions and rich variety of dance forms that emerged from the 18th century to the present.
Developed and moderated by Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz, a dance historian and scholar at Duke University and author of several publications on black dance including Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (2002) and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture (2004), the symposium considers the extraordinary contributions of trailblazing dancers and choreographers who sustained, challenged and transformed many of the forms while establishing new genres and styles over the centuries.  
Presented in partnership with the High Museum of Art, the symposium includes participants: moderator, Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz; Yvonne Daniel, Professor Emerita, Smith College (speaking on Afro-Caribbean sacred dance); Halifu Osumare, Professor, African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis (speaking on historical forms of Black social dance); T. Lang, founder/choreographer T. Lang Dance, Assistant Professor, Spelman College (speaking on the creative craft of a new work titled Post Up); John Perpener, dance historian and independent scholar (speaking on dance iconoclast Eleo Pomare); Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II, co-founding directors/dancers and choreographers (presenting a lecture-demonstration detailing their 25-year blend of dance forms); A’Keitha Carey, independent artist (teaching a CaribFunk dance workshop); Storyboard P, independent artist and international celebrity in Street Dance (demonstrating his signature dance method) and Onye Ozuzu, Chair and Dean, Columbia College Chicago (teaching a group improvisation workshop “Technology of the Circle”).
“We deeply appreciate the partnership with the High Museum, which has been in place over the years, and that continues this season with the particular generosity of the museum in offering the Hill Auditorium as the venue as well as free admission to symposium attendees,” said NBAF executive director Grace C. Stanislaus.  
“Dance Across the Diaspora” emphasizes audience participation, engagement and interactivity through conversation and exchange as well as dance demonstrations of old social, modern and contemporary street-derived forms.   Participation is encouraged!
Tickets: $75 (includes free admission to the High Museum and master class with Savion Glover),  $20 Students
Space is limited!
Location: High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
About the National Black Arts Festival
The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is a nonprofit organization with a 27-year legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater and literary arts. Celebrated within and outside of Atlanta, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent.

NBAF is supported by the City of Atlanta, the Fulton County Arts Council and by local and national government funders, corporations, foundations, businesses and individuals.

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