From Network of Pointes to further discourses on contemporary ballet
May 20-21, 2016
An SDHS Special Topics Conference at the Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University, and at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Contemporary ballet is undoubtedly a recognizable genre for most dancers. It is identifiable. It appears to be flourishing. It has a bit of an “it” factor. It piques students’ interest. But what is contemporary ballet?
The conference sought to cultivate a discourse of “contemporary” ballet in relation to traditional ballet vocabularies, narratives, and iconography. The 2015 issue of Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes began to articulate features of this genre, and this conference offers those interested in contemporary ballet’s historiography a forum for discussion.
The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) and Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City served as conference locations.
This two-day event was co-hosted by the CBA and Barnard College, Columbia College, and was sponsored by the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, the Dance Department at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the Dance Department at Skidmore College and SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology.
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Image: Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Adji Cissoko, photographed by RJ Muna. Reproduced with kind permission.