CVPA’s professor of dance Duane Cyrus, through his Theatre of Movement collective, has hosted “An Evening with the Creative Class” since 2016. The event is a series of informal presentations and discussions on the arts that feature discussions by curated guest artists and scholars who share their talent in an enriching evening of community, networking, and discussion. The Theatre of Movement is a performing and visual art collective that creates original, provocative, and meaningful artworks informed by research into Black American and Caribbean histories and imagery. The Creative Class series is a commitment to bringing high quality, accessible, and unique cultural experiences to UNCG and the Triad region.
The next event in the series, “The Body as Research: A Conversation with Dance Artists and Scholars,” will feature UNCG assistant professor of dance Dr. Ana Paula Höfling along with performer and choreographer Maleek Washington.
Höfling will discuss her book “Staging Brazil: Choreographies of Capoeira,” which analyzes the role of capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music – in the process of staging Brazilian national culture between 1928 and 1974, focusing on issues of race, class, and authorship.
Washington has worked with the performers Sia, Kyle Abraham, Rihanna, and ASAP Rocky, and is currently collaborating with Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Through examples of multidisciplinary, experiential performance works he will discuss the investigate the people, practices, and spaces that have shaped his identity.
The free event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Coleman Building, Room 201A.