Nelisiwe Xaba in Chicago
In Fremde Tänze Nelisiwe Xaba looks back at the exoticism of modern dance during the years between the two world wars, asking us to consider how a contemporary South African woman might view what's foreign or strange in European culture. In so doing, she confounds our preconceptions of time and space, past and present, familiar and foreign. Commissioned by Tanzfonds Erbe and premiered in Germany, Fremde Tänze is part of a week-long conference at Northwestern University on "Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories," which asks how history has shaped black artistic production outside the US and how the valuation of black art changes within a global context.
BY AND WITH Nelisiwe Xaba
Performances on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 11 and 12 at 7:30 at Links Hall, please contact Links Hall for admission prices.
Panel discussion on Xaba's work as part of the conference titled "Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories" on Friday, Oct 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Block Museum on the Northwestern campus in Evanston.
Free and open to the public.
Reggie Wilson, Brooklyn-based choreographer who will perform his work Citizen that same weekend at The Dance Center, Columbia College;
Brent Edwards, professor of African-American literary and cultural studies at Columbia University;
Hershini Young, professor of gender and sexuality in the African diaspora at SUNY-Buffalo; and
Aimee Cox, professor of African and African American performance at Fordham University.
A production of Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum/Theater Freiburg. Supported by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Goethe Institut.