Dancing the Archives: Emerging Choreographers and Living History
Schedule of Events:
12:00 p.m.: Performances at Alumni Park, EF Hutton Park, and McCarthy Quad
12:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion at Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
1:30 p.m.: Reception at LiteraTea Courtyard
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, January 16, at 9 a.m.
In celebration of the recently debuted USC Dance History Video Archive Project (DHVA), three emerging, Los Angeles–based choreographers will explore materials housed in USC’s renowned cultural repositories: The DHVA, ONE Archives, the California Historical Society Collection, and the Los Angeles City Archives. The choreographers will draw inspiration from the archive materials as well as the architectural landscapes in and around Doheny Memorial Library to create simultaneous, site-specific dance works to be enjoyed by roving audiences.
Afterward, choreographers and audience members will come together for an interactive panel led by guest artist Bebe Miller, who has spearheaded a variety of digital archive projects. The conversation will focus on the creative processes and illuminate the ways in which students, artists, and the community can engage with archives, not just as static spaces for preservation but as storehouses of cultural memory rich with possibilities for future creativity.
A reception will follow at LiteraTea.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Patrick Corbin (Dance), Alison D’Amato (Dance), and Tim Stanton (USC Libraries).