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New Narratives: The Color-Line – Ballet Dancers & Race


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The Color-Line – Ballet Dancers & Race
A forum with Virginia Johnson, Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director

April 18, 2018 • 4 PM

UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom A&B
Doors open 3:30 PM

--Free Event--
Dance performance will be presented at The Irvine Barclay Theatre at 8 p.m.
Tickets required, available at The Barclay box office.

--About the Program--
Virginia Johnson, founding member, former principal dancer and current artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem will lead a forum of black female ballet dancers.

Ballet has been excluding black women since the industry of dance onstage began. To serve as a beacon of strength we turn to Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to illuminate what this experience of constantly pushing boundaries, claiming spacesand maintaining momentum looks and feels like.

The panel addresses DTH’s legacy, its cultural currency and the various personal struggles and triumphs that come with operating within and beyond the ballet studio. This talk is to be presented as a program within the new transdisciplinary Africana Institute for Creativity, Recognition and Elevation (AICRE), which sets its agenda for research based on revealing new knowledge as relates to pioneering work of African people on the continent and the Diaspora.