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Moving Beyond Boundaries: Dance and Politics Book Launch at Martha Graham School

  • Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance 55 Bethune Street New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)

Moving beyond Boundaries: Dance and Politics Book Launch with Act.Now Performance/Practice Preview.

Dance has always been a method of self- expression for human beings. This book examines the political power of dance and especially its transgressive potential. Moving between metaphors (which are always beyond metaphors) of contraction and release, the book shows how human beings mobilized dance as a political method of expression and communication.

The immense intellectual heritage bequeathed unto us by dance pioneer Martha Graham is the groundwork upon which the conceptual framework of the book stands. Philosopher and Political Theorist Dr. Dana Mills explores the rich and inspiring interpretation of dance as political through the lens of Graham and shows how she still challenges us- contemporary theorists and practitioners - to inquire how the body says what words cannot. 

Dr. Dana Mills teaches political theory and feminist theory at Oxford. Her first book Dance and Politics: Moving beyond Boundaries is out this fall with Manchester University Press. She will be a Visiting Fellow in Bard College Hannah Arendt Center in 2017. This Fall she is a Fellow of Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. She is Guest Faculty at the Graham School. 

Act.Now.

Through a practice that began to form in May 2014, dancer and choreographer Megan Curet uses the art form, dance to create provocative work, to enhance discussion and explore the role of activism through performance. The process resulting in a practice known as Act.Now.  Curet combines her choreographic, teaching, research and performance practice on an international platform.  Creating works that aid in the movement of activism through art and seeing to interact with and inform other bodies through movement and contributing mediums. Drawing from the writing of Dr. Dana Mills and her time spent dancing in Israel, Curet will present her research and work developed out of Act. Now. entitled UnDoing.

Megan Curet, a dancer and choreographer native of New York City, received scholarship to train at the Martha Graham School following her Bachelors in Theater and Dance Performance at Queens College.  After creating the dance company Curet Performance Project while studying at the Graham school, Curet went on to receive her Masters in Dance Studies Research from Roehampton University in London.  Curet has taught, choreographed and performed both nationally and internationally. Her research has also been presented at Utrecht University.

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