Dance and Dialogue: Human Contact and Democracy

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Poster design by Brandon Monson; watercolor by Eryn Rosenthal.


Dance and Dialogue:

Human Contact and Democracy

Introductory Workshops
University of Michigan
March 2017 – March 2018


Choreographer Eryn Rosenthal examines the democratic underpinnings of Contact Improvisation, and the role of the body in transgressing previously legislated boundaries. She has worked with choreographers Sello Pesa, Jay Pather and Sol Picó, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and documentary theatre pioneer Anna Deavere Smith, among others. Eryn’s ongoing series, The Doors Project, investigates transitions–political, social, intimate–through site-based performance in different doorways around the world. Her related dance theater performance and MFA thesis, Freedom Suite: Transaction Being Processed, based on ongoing oral history research with anti-Apartheid activists from New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will be touring to several festivals in 2018-19. Eryn is an alumna of the MFA program in Dance at U-M, where she also studied in the Ford School for Public Policy. She has performed and taught throughout the US, South Africa and Europe, and is delighted to be back at U-M as a King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.


These events are sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI); the King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professorship; ArtsEngine; the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund; the W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center; the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s DEI Fund; the African Studies Center; the LSA Democracy in Action Fund; the Center for World Performance Studies; and the Department of Theatre and Drama.


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