The Call For Proposals for the Confluences Conference will close on 26 May. We invite the submission of proposals which could be in a range of formats (including papers, posters, workshops, masterclass, performances). Our critical enquiry for this conference centres on the continuing call for decolonisation and decanonisation in varied educational contexts and what this all might mean for dance in and from the global South. We want to relook at earlier debates around dance as an embodied practice to understand shifts in complex interstices of gendered bodies, classical dance and its negotiations with e.g. pedestrian movement and innovations of the twenty-first century.
"NO SEX - A World of Gender" looks at both the individual's own as well as society's expectations of gender and sexuality. On display in a clinically white box are 4 bodies - 4 creatures - 4 people – 4 individuals. In this box, they take on a journey through a series of scenarios where they exaggerate, exhibit, accept and fight against confirmative and non-confirmative notions of gender and sexuality. They are both alone and united at the same time. Confused and in and out of love. With militaristic precision they go with the flow of mainstream to eventually seek out of and in chaos fight against it, but maybe never to break to free.
Dr Sara Matchett’s award-winning theatre production Womb of Fire addresses how centuries of violence in South Africa continue to play out on women’s bodies. Matchett is with the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, and received her Creative Works Award at today’s graduation.
The CTDPS is pleased to host the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University, Prof. Richard Shusterman as he presents his lecture: “Somaesthetics and Performance: The Adventures of the Man in Gold”