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Kinetographer Mola Dudad II

Kinetographer Mola Dudad II
Robert Gill Theatre
Time: May 3rd, 7:00 pm End: May 3rd, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), United States Studies, Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Education, Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Canada, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Workshop on movement and Indigenous concepts of space led by Brenda Farnell

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present:

Kinetographer Mola Dudad: From Page to Stage and Back Again

Event II: Workshop

Moving Being: Exploring the Body in Lived Space

Abstract: Participants will actively explore movement concepts associated with the recovery of a variety of Indigenous spatial concepts and orientations to time through body movement.  Action becomes a vibrant medium for an embodied sense of being-in-the-world, grounded in knowledge of landscape and ancestral orientations to lived space.  Lived spaces are not only physical, but simultaneously social, cultural, historical, ethical, and moral environments in which we can construct, explore, and recover personal and community meaning.

  • Registration is required for workshop participants
  • Observers are welcome: no registration is required to observe
  • This event is free of charge for all (participants and observers)
  • Those who wish to register as participants are invited to contact Jill Carter after 15 April 2011

Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way is one of the  most important contemporary Native theatre projects to emerge in recent years.  Its creation rests upon a decade of investigation into Native performance culture out of which its creators have established a solid framework of decolonizing methodologies, which can be realized in a repeatable series of practical steps to create efficacious and affective works that are informed by the traditions and aesthetic principles of the communities for which they have been created.

Dr. Brenda Farnell (Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois) specializes in Native languages, the anthropology of movement, Laban and Laban notation.  In 2009 she published Do You See What I Mean?: Plains Indian Sign Talk and the Embodiment of Action, for which she has adapted the system of Laban notation to document the storytelling performanes of the Nakota people.  As fluent sign-talkers are becoming increasingly rare in Plains communities, this book has become an invaluable community resource.  Building on this work, Dr. Farnell has become Chocolate Woman's official "Kinetographer Mola Dudad": she records the movement of the living mola.

There will also be a public lecture on Monday 2 May at the Robert Gill Theatre at 7 p.m., and a Moving Lab on Monday 9 May from 5-8 p.m.

All events are free; registration is required for the workshop and Moving Lab but not for the lecture.

These events are sponsored by:

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