WSU Indigenous Interdisciplinary Dance Artist Lyceum Event and Residency

Monday | October 28 | 7:00-8:20pm
Stark Auditorium, SLC | Winona State University

WSU Lyceum presents California-based indigenous interdisciplinary artist brooke smiley, who will offer an artist talk and demo entitled “The Value of Difference: Inclusion and Diversity across Cultures, Disciplines, and Self” (details above).

In conversation with indigenous artist, brooke smiley, this talk weaves how her interdisciplinary practice in dance, BMC® somatics, art, and superadobe earth architecture has cultivated safety in addressing generational trauma, shame, and forgiveness. She shares a rich history of embodiment research, including similarities between the patterns in nature with the systems of the body, and the architecture we surround ourselves with. Her earth and body-based practice deepens awareness in Self, in relationship with Other and the Earth, unfolding movement as a source of consciousness.

brooke smiley is an indigenous, interdisciplinary dance artist, and Dancescape 2020 Guest Choreographer is an Advancing Indigenous Performer Fellow 2019/2020 from Western Arts Alliance with lead support from the National Endowment of the Arts, and Doris Duke Foundation. Her art deepens awareness in the body with somatic movement education and sustainable superadobe architecture to create healing experiences and spaces for all bodies.

During her Winona State residency Oct 27- Nov.11, brooke will also present a workshop series entitled, “Active Consent: How to Not Assume” on October 29, October 31, and November 5 from 2:00-3:20 pm in Memorial 300 Dance Studio. This residency concludes with an open showcase on Friday, November 8 at noon in Memorial 300. All of these events are free and open to the community.

While in residence, Brooke will work intensively with select WSU dancers and community performers to create a ritual dance for Dancescape 2020, February 13, 14, 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Dufresne Performing Arts Center, Fusillo Theatre.

This residency is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, WSU lyceum, Department of Theatre & Dance, History Department, and the Inclusion & Diversity Office.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Gretchen Cohenour

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