Symposium on Dance in the Midwest | Newberry

Symposium on Dance in the Midwest

Tenth of a Century, souvenir dance program, Mildred B. Haessler Ballet Group, 1947

Tenth of a Century, souvenir dance program, Mildred B. Haessler Ballet Group, 1947

Katherine Dunham in L'Ag'Ya, c. 1938, Ann Barzel Research Collection

Katherine Dunham in L’Ag’Ya, c. 1938, Ann Barzel Research Collection

Bob Fosse and Mary Ann Niles, 1948, Ann Barzel Research Collection

Bob Fosse and Mary Ann Niles, 1948, Ann Barzel Research Collection

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9:30 am to 3 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Open to the Public

Schedule

9 am Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am Introduction to Dance in the Midwest and in the Newberry Collection

10 am Coffee Break

10:30 am Session 1

  • Meida Teresa McNeal, Director, Honey Pot Performance, “The Chicago Black Social Culture Map: Notes on Building and Activating a Community Driven Archive”
  • Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University, “What Does it Mean to Keep Dance Alive? The Lindy Hop in Translation and Transformation”
  • Queen Meccasia Zabriskie, New College of Florida, “Embodying Traditions: West African Dance and the Struggle for Cultural Equity in Chicago”

12 noon Break for Lunch

1:30 pm Session 2

  • Elizabeth Schwall, University of California, Berkeley, “Dancing between Havana and Chicago: Collaborating across Political Divides, 1959-2019”
  • Liesl Olson, Newberry Library, “Katherine Dunham on Page and Stage”
  • Jenai Cutcher, Director, Chicago Dance History, “Closed Circuit: Post-Vaudeville Tap Dance in Chicago”

This event is part of our programming related to the free exhibition, The Legacy of Chicago Dance. Visit it April 27 through July 6, in our Roger J. Trienens Gallieries. Download a PDF flyer for related programs, to post and distribute.

Explore the Newberry’s Midwest Dance Collection, which encompasses over 3,200 books and periodicals on dance history, as well as over 80 manuscript collections from dancers, dance companies, dance schools and studios, and other dance affiliates.

Funded by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Open to the public; free tickets required. Obtain tickets using this online form by 8 am Saturday, May 18.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. Space permitting, walk-ins will be admitted 10 minutes before the event starts.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.