Performing Arts Department Colloquium: Historicizing Chinese Dance: Socialist Legacies and Contemporary Trajectories

  • Friday, March 1, 2019 • 4:00 pm
  • Umrath Hall, Room 1 40

Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, University of Michigan visits us to discuss her recent book, the first English-language primary source–based history of concert dance in the People’s Republic of China. Combining over a decade of ethnographic and archival research, Revolutionary Bodies analyzes major dance works by Chinese choreographers staged over an eighty-year period from 1935 to 2015, examining connections between socialist thought, cultural institutions, and transnational exchange as they relate to dance creation, education, and theory. Using previously unexamined film footage, photographic documentation, performance programs, and other historical and contemporary sources, Wilcox challenges the commonly accepted view that Soviet-inspired revolutionary ballets are the primary legacy of the socialist era in China’s dance field and instead presents the contemporary practice of Chinese dance as the era’s major creative project.

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