Gesel Mason

Directed and performed by Gesel Mason

“[UN] W.R.A.P.: Undoing Writing, Research and Performance” explores the complexity and evolution of “Black Dance.” 

Directed and performed by Assistant Professor Gesel Mason, the symposium—building on Mason’s solo project “No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers”—presents a diversity of dance by prominent African American choreographers, alongside conversations about the historical impact and ongoing contributions of their work to America’s cultural landscape.

The symposium begins Friday, Sept. 18, 10-11:30 a.m., with a panel on Black subjectivity and performance, including Dr. Thomas DeFrantz (Duke University), Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Temple University) and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (performance artist, Coalition for Diasporan Scholars Moving). This event is free and open to the public.

The performance event will feature live dance works, including two solos performed by Mason—one of which, “Jumping the Broom,” was created by David Roussève specifically for Mason and her “No Boundaries” project. The performance event also showcases Mason in a world premiere by renowned choreographer Dianne McIntyre, a recent Doris Duke Impact Award recipient; as well as performances by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (Friday, Sept. 18, only) and internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist Rennie Harris’ Denver-based Grass Roots Project. The event culminates with a discussion among participating artists and scholars moderated by African diaspora scholar Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (University of Georgia).

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