Weekly Announcements – December 8 to December 14

ShelleyWhiteThis Week: A message form Julia, Study Abroad Updates, the Out of Israel Dance Festival, and a Winter Course Offering.



Congratulations to our faculty and guest artist choreographers, performers, composers and crew for a fantastic DancePlus! Such diversity of work and a true demonstration of the creative force that is our department. Enjoy your successes!
A reminder that this will be our last blog for the Fall 2013 semester. Keep your eyes out in January for “start-up” information that will serve you as you plan for spring semester.


My First Time Across the Pond – Njelama Dacas, BFA 2015

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“Who knew that my first time taking a transatlantic flight would be both a vacation and an educational experience?  You always hear adults say ‘If you have the opportunity to travel, DO IT. You will learn so much,’ but I never understood until I came here to London.  Arriving in a city with so much history and art can be overwhelming but truly amazing and most of all inspiring.  I can say that I saw the Rosetta Stone (it resides at the British Museum, which is FREE, might I add) and that I have stood outside of Buckingham Palace while the queen was in or that I am going to see Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the world famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre. While I am wrapping up my first semester here, I still have yet to see or learn everything I intend to by the end of my time here.  This is the beauty of being a student studying abroad – you learn a lot.  From conversion rates to new slang or even to navigate the metro, I am always learning.  Also since London is in such close proximity to other countries I also have gotten a chance to visit Barcelona, Spain and plan to visit France and Italy in the near future. Oh the opportunities that await! As I embark on the rest of my year I’ll be sure to utilize them to the best of my ability.”




From Hannah Sego

“Spending a semester in London has allowed for the most unforgettable memories. From jetting off to Barcelona for a week or quick weekend trips to Paris and Dublin, this is an experience I will never forget. Laban has allowed me to create strong friendships and artistic connections from all over the world. I couldn’t be more grateful.”





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92Y Harkness Dance Center has expanded its Out of Israel Dance Festival next year to include two weeks of master classes, performances and celebration. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see and work with these gutsy and diverse Israeli artists, such as your guest artists Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Renana Raz, Svi Gotheiner, Ori Flomin, Danah Katz and Netta Yerushalmy. It will be an amazing two weeks!

View the Festival Program.




Body and Contemporary Performing Arts: Theory and Practice

The course is 4 weeks long. It starts on December 23rd and ends on January 17th, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays except for the holidays. It is a 3 credit course. Course number is 01:988:490 and index number is 00210. Register through webreg or at the undergraduate register office. Deadline for registration without late fee is December 7th.

MTWThF 1:00 – 3:50, College Avenue Campus, Scott Hall, 104

Instructor: Snezana Otasevic (snezana.otasevic@rutgerers.edu)

What can we learn about the body from performing arts?

The body has been used to justify women’s subordination, racial discrimination, and the pathologizing of non-procreative sexual practices. Those forms of discrimination are based on the assumption of the mind/body split, an assumption that dominated the history of Western thought. In that division, the body was considered to be inferior as well as both corrupted and corruptible. Because of that history, the body is one of the central topics of feminist theory. Contemporary feminist theory challenges the split between body and mind, arguing that any intellectual or spiritual experience is necessarily embodied.

Though feminist theory has drawn on biology, philosophy, psycho-analysis, and other disciplines, the field of performing arts has been largely neglected. However, recent feminist theory has shifted from the question: “what is the body?” to “what can a body do?” To find answers to this question we will turn to performing arts. Join us in exploring the world of artistic experience, which has tackled issues for decades that contemporary feminist theorists have only recently approached! We will talk about what performing arts can contribute to feminist theory and how feminist theory can engage in a discourse on performing arts that goes beyond mere interpretation and criticism.

In every class we will view a performance work, such as a ballet, play, or film, and discuss it alongside with some contemporary theoretical feminist texts. We will raise questions about various topics, including sex/gender, sexuality, race, disability, capitalism, boundaries, and technology.

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