Pieter Conversation Series #2: Why Is There Always Energy For Dancing? With Susan Leigh Foster
Monday, Nov 14 2016
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Pieter Conversation Series #2

Why Is There Always Energy For Dancing?
With Susan Leigh Foster

Monday November 14
Doors at 7:30
Conversation begins at 8

No RSVP necessary. However, if you would like a copy of the suggested pre-reading, please emailalisondamato@gmail.com

Susan Leigh Foster, choreographer and scholar, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Her research areas include dance history and theory, choreographic analysis, and corporeality. She is the author of Reading Dancing: Bodies and Subjects in Contemporary American Dance (University of California Press, 1986), Choreography and Narrative: Ballet’s Staging of Story and Desire (Indiana University Press, 1996), Dances That Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance (Routledge, 2011). She is also editor of three anthologies: Choreographing History (University of Indiana Press, 1995) and Corporealities (Routledge, 1996) and Worlding Dance(Palagrave, 2009).

Admission is  your non-monetary donation to the FREE bar or the FREE boutique. Suggested items include: dancer snacks (apples, jars of sugar free nut butter, rice cakes, avocados, nuts), nice vacuum for the studio, natural dish soap and laundry detergent, Macbook pro charging cord, coffee, wine, gaff tape in any color, printer paper for the studio, tea, art/dance books for our library, beers.

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The Pieter Conversation Series with Alison D’Amato

The Pieter Conversation series was instituted in the fall of 2016 to help bridge academic and artistic communities in Los Angeles. In light of the local landscape’s ongoing expansion with respect to both performance and scholarship, it’s an exciting time to gather, share ideas, and engage in dialogue. As Pieter’s first Scholar in Residence, Alison is committed to fostering an inclusive space for dancers, thinkers, and dancer-thinkers. She will host three meetings throughout the fall, each featuring an invited guest: Doran George, Susan Leigh Foster, and Shamell Bell. The series will include suggested readings for interested participants as well as plenty of time for conversation.

Alison D’Amato is a dance researcher, choreographer, and performer based in Los Angeles since 2010. She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, an MA in Dance Theater Practice from Trinity Laban (UK), and a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. Her scholarly and choreographic work focus on choreographic scores. In particular, she investigates generative and indeterminate notation in order to investigate relationships between choreographic authority, inscription, agency and archival. Her writing on performance can be found in Choreographic Practices, itch dance journal, and Native Strategies.

Since graduating from UCLA, D’Amato has taught seminar, lecture, and technique classes at UCLA and CalArts. She’s currently teaching courses in dance theory, history, and practice at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC. Her most recent work, Requital Recital (April 2016), was developed at PAM Residencies in collaboration with John Emison. Her dances and scores have been presented in Los Angeles (Pieter, The Hammer Museum, Anatomy Riot, and HomeLA), New York (Movement Research, the Tank, AUNTS, Waxworks, Dixon Place, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange), Philadelphia, the UK, and Poland. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has performed with choreographers such as Maria Hassabi, Milka Djordjevich, Alexx Shilling, Jmy James Kidd, and Simone Forti. alisondamatodance.com

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