The Shifting Traces: Contemporary Dance In and Outside of Africa blog is about shifting center, physically and technologically. It is aligned with the contemporary dance work from Africa touring the globe and asking audiences worldwide to rethink their assumptions about Africa. I am interested in how cyber technology and web-based communities can be generative spaces for artistic exchange and innovation. The traces we are leaving here on video will be resources for global audiences, presenters, choreographers, dancers, as well as people who know very little about dance, and the very dancers who are very involved in the cotemporary dance movement and featured in the videos. This spring in my course at The Ohio State University my students will test out some global collaborations with dancers based in Senegal, Kenya, and Burkina Faso. We will utilize the Internet and the technology means we have access to, in order to create dialogue and test out artistic exchange and collaboration via cyberspace.
We will also have an upcoming cyber conference where several of the choreographers featured on this blog will log in from their specific locale to give a lecture, a comp class, a technique class, an informal performance, a short interview that will be accessible globally. This upcoming event date is till to be determined.
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Respectfully Submitted by: Esther Baker-Tarpaga