Performing Arts + Social Practice with Cynthia Oliver
April 7 @ 4PM
@ the dance studio in the Serkin Center
Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT
co-hosted by Marlboro College and Vermont Performance Lab
Since 1991, Cynthia Oliver has been creating experimental dance-theater performance works that explore the complicated nature of contemporary blackness, femaleness, Afro-Caribbean and African American expressive cultures. Her work has been a study in this Africanity, from the urban to the contemporary island experience. She is interested in the ways Africanist world-views manifest in cultural practices performed by people of the diaspora. She has an extensive background in contemporary dance from Africanist and Euro-American cultural frameworks as well as a deep involvement in avant garde theatrical traditions by black women in North America. Through these practices she has created experimental work that uses non-linear movement and text to think about performative components of black subjectivity to articulate a layered and complex choreography. With her current performance project she is creating a work examining black masculinity. She will talk about the many ways she is working with men to engage in ethnographic work that requires many levels of conversation and experimentation. She will be talking about how she is engaging in the topic of black masculinity in her current project Virago-Man Dem.