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Paloma McGregor in Conversation with Abigail Levine

While attending and dancing in Ishmael Houston-Jones’s 2012 Danspace Project platform series Parallels, artist-activist Paloma McGregor began to think about the lack of experimental forums in which Black dance artists were well-represented. How had the idea of artistic experimentation and radicality become tied to White culture? And untied from Black culture? Were critics and presenters […]

Performing Black: Thomas DeFrantz in conversation with Michael Bodel

Choreographer and dance theorist Michael Bodel talks with Thomas DeFrantz, a performer, writer and Professor of Dance and African American Studies at Duke University. DeFrantz is a featured artist in the “Parallels” Platform at Danspace Project, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, which explores notions of blackness and postmodernism “in the age of Obama,” as Houston-Jones has written in the “Parallels” catalogue, for which DeFrantz was a featured essayist. On March 27, DeFrantz will present his “Performing Black” lecture at Danspace Project as a part of an evening titled “This & That.”

Stephanie Skura in conversation with Lana Wilson, Part One

Filmmaker and Performa curator Lana Wilson talks with Stephanie Skura, a Seattle-based choreographer whose new work “Two Huts” is being shown this weekend (through March 18, 2012) at Roulette. This engagement marks her first return to New York in 20 years, which Critical Correspondence is celebrating through this two-part interview series. In Part One, Skura and Wilson discuss Skura’s influences as a choreographer, including early exposure to body-mind technique, a well-timed call from Pearl Lang, and collaborations in the early 80s with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Yvonne Meier.