Dancing Around Race facilitated by Gerald Casel
Sunday, March 28 at 8pm EDT
*Dancing Around Race does not require payment. In response to the continued racism and white supremacy in the "U.S.," we want this event to be accessible to all. We encourage white folx to still pay and hope that FESTIVAL participants will prioritize attendance at this finale event. Registration is required.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
What began as community engaged participatory gatherings that examined issues surrounding racial equity in the Bay Area dance ecology, Dancing Around Race has expanded more broadly to include pedagogies in higher education through facilitated conversations on race. Using a systems thinking approach, the interdependent relationships between choreographers, educators, writers, funders, and curators are examined to expose and investigate issues that contribute to systemic racial inequity. For this event, and in this spirit, we will ask: “What does it look/feel like to have racial equity in dance? How can we collectively confront racial capitalism, heteropatriarchy, white body supremacy, and settler colonial logics in dance? What does the future look like and how do we get there?”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Gerald Casel (he/they) is artistic director of GERALDCASELDANCE. His work complicates questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Casel is associate professor and Provost of Porter College at UC Santa Cruz. A graduate of The Juilliard School, with an MFA from UW Milwaukee, Casel received a Bessie award for sustained achievement. Not About Race Dance, awarded a National Dance Project grant, will be in residence at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and will premiere at CounterPulse with a forthcoming tour. His work, through Dancing Around Race, a community engagement process that interrogates racial inequity in the Bay Area and beyond, continues to grow.