Harvard Town Hall with Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel
Join famed tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel for an interactive Town Hall at Harvard Commons Space in the Smith Campus Center on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30pm. Casel’s autobiographical show, While I Have the Floor, premiered to rave reviews and a sold out run at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC. Together with members of tall poPpy, inc. (the show's production company) Torya Beard and Darren Biggart, the Harvard community is invited to explore how claiming authorship can strengthen community. An interactive experience of performance and conversation, this Town Hall is designed to investigate how claiming identity and legacy can create a path to agency and action. Casel will also perform an excerpt from While I Have the Floor.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Harvard Commons Space at The Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Ayodele Casel is a 2018-19 artist-in-residence supported by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).
Ayodele Casel will also be leading a tap master class on October 29, 7:30-9pm, at Lowell Lecture Hall as part of the Harvard Dance Center Master Class & Lecture Series. Observers are welcome! Participation is free, but registration is required for both participants and observers.
ABOUT WHILE I HAVE THE FLOOR: AN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT AT HARVARD
While I Have the Floor at Harvard is an oral history project that aims to create a platform for people to tell their personal stories and to be heard. Taking its cue from tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel’s autobiographical piece by the same name, these stories will create a collective registry of our current time, and provide a long-term catalogue from which to discover history. The project endeavors to be a marker of evolving zeitgeists, forces, challenges and triumphs in our own lives and in our culture – and the chance to learn from them. What led us to this point of extreme division in our culture? How do we address the important civic issues of our day when fellow citizens are dehumanized? Can hearing someone else’s story foster empathy, compassion and greater, understanding? What are the stories that disarm us or dare us to change? What are our enduring hopes? From students, custodians, engineers and librarians, to artists, bus drivers, chaplains and teachers – these stories provide a chance for people to be heard – and to listen. While they have the floor, what is it they would like to say?
The Harvard Community is invited to a private lecture/demonstration at Harvard Dance Center by visiting artist Sidra Bell as part of the Theater, Dance & Media credit course Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship in the 21st Century.
Internationally acclaimed choreographer Sidra Bell will be discussing her work and presenting selections from her repertory performed by her company Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. As artistic director of Sidra Bell New York, Bell is an award-winning choreographer and her work has been seen throughout the United States and across the globe. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. Bell is the Creative Director of MODULE, a New York City-based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists. Read more.
Sidra Bell Dance New York is an internationally recognized boutique brand of prolific movement illustrators based in New York City that presents and fosters a canon of innovative and progressive dance theater in a world of ideas and (im)possibilities.
Mix with other students interested in dance and/or Theater, Dance & Meda (TDM)
Meet Dance and TDM staff and faculty, plus other arts leaders across campus
Eat free pizza
Meet and jam with the new Director of Undergraduate Studies Debra Levine! Plus extra bonus, master tap dancer Ayodele Casel will also be joining our jam!
ALL ARE WELCOME!
6:00-6:30pm - Mix, mingle, ask questions, eat pizza
6:30-7:30pm - Cypher led by Aysha Upchurch AIE'15
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What is a cypher?
A cypher is freestyle dance jam where an open circle is created and people take turns dancing in the center. The cypher (or cipher) has deep, long-standing cultural roots in hip hop culture, African tradition, and even religious beliefs.
NO FORMAL DANCE TRAINING NECESSARY
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