Dance + Social Justice

This FREE event is the last of three lectures for 2017-18 as part of the Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences series. 'DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE' is Part 15 of this overall series.

With speakers Ananya Chatterjea, Deneane Richburg, Patrick Scully, Arwen Wilder, and Karen Charles.

It is no coincidence that dance and politics both create movements. Intersecting bodies and social concerns have always brought voice to marginalized communities and causes. Local dance makers create awareness and calls for actions through performances filled with dance and humanity. Find out what motivates their desires to make a difference and insert politics into their art.

Of Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence, the New York Times critic summarizes the book’s central trope: “For an artist, influence is everything.”

Curated by Michèle Steinwald and launched in fall of 2014 at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, this participatory lecture and panel series focuses on individuals’ contributions to our local dance communities. Choreographer Kristin Van Loon documents each event by mapping the conversation live while speakers share their influences. Everyone in attendance is invited to add his or her stories for the mapping process. This series is a collective remembering and a way to draw on our pasts as a means to envision our futures.

The 2017-2018 Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences series, curated by Michèle Steinwald, is presented by Ordway in partnership with The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

For more information about Ordway community programs, to request ASL Interpretation or other accommodations, please contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui: 651.282.3017 or

[Event photo by Tommy Sar. Pictured above: An audience member contributes to conversation during "A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities" presented by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts, NACDI - Native American Community Development Institute, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts at The Cowles Center on Sun, Feb 26, 2017.]

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