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Artist Talk with Crystal U. Davis
September 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
As part of its Friday Free Hour Series of Artist Talks, the Department of Dance presents Crystal U. Davis, who will speak on “Implicit biases in dance and how identity politics of privilege manifests in the body.”
Crystal U. Davis is an assistant professor in dance performance and scholarship, and the head of MFA Dance Program, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Davis is a dance artist and scholar whose work has been renowned by an eclectic community of adjudicators and audiences from Donald McKayle to the royal family of Jodhpur, India. As a performer her work spans an array of genres from modern dance companies including Notes in Motion to East Indian dance companies including Nayikas Dance Theater Company to her own post-modern choreography at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Dance New Amsterdam. Her creative work centers around the incongruities present between our daily behaviors and belief systems. She has conducted ethnographic research in Rajasthan, India on the relationship between religious beliefs and both creative and pedestrian movement.
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