12 May 2021 18:00
Faculty of Education Guest Lecture Series: In Conversation with Thomas F. DeFrantz
Our fourth event in our online Guest Lecture Series 20-21 focuses on invited speaker Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke University). In conversation with Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Professor DeFrantz will talk about his own performance practice, and his published research on different aspects of African American dance culture, including his significant work on Alvin Ailey’s repertoire, the complexities of African American dance histories, as well as Black Performance.
Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE@Duke:Performance|Culture|Technology. He explores emerging technology in live performance. Professor DeFrantz believes in our shared capacity to do better, and engage our creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, anti-homophobic, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. He has contributed concept and voice-over for permanent installation on Black Social Dance at Smithsonian Museum of African American Life. Professor DeFrantz has taught at Lion’s Jaw Festival; Movement Research MELT; ImPulsTanz; New Waves Institute; Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, University of the Arts, Duke. He is a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, and the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance (Dance Studies Association).
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