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Dance Performance and Conversation with Karole Armitage, Presented by the Harvard Art Museums and WBUR

Megumi Eda, from Armitage Gone! Dance Company. Photo © Julieta Cervantes.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event is at capacity

Dancers from Armitage Gone! Dance Company and Harvard University students will perform a short dance inspired by the exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia. The dance will be performed to Didjerilayover, a composition by Stuart Dempster featuring the evocative harmonics of the traditional Aboriginal instrument the Didjeridu, which Dempster introduced to the United States. The event will take place in the Calderwood Courtyard at the Harvard Art Museums.

Please note that the dance performance will last five minutes, with a brief introduction by Karole Armitage. Please plan to arrive promptly by 7:30 p.m. The performance will be standing room only. There will be no seating in the courtyard before or during the performance.

Following the performance, choreographer Karole Armitage will be in conversation with Lisa Mullins, host of WBUR’s All Things Considered. The talk will take place in Menschel Hall, on the Lower Level. Visitors can enjoy a light reception after the talk and will have an opportunity to view the Everywhen exhibition.

Admission is free, but tickets and registration are required. Tickets are limited. Click here to register for the event.

Registration is strongly encouraged for Harvard students. For those unable to register, a limited number of first-come, first-served tickets will be available specifically for Harvard students at the Quincy Street entrance beginning at 7pm. Please be prepared to present a Harvard ID.

Doors will open at 7pm. Both the Quincy Street and Prescott Street entrances will be open.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Karole Armitage is the 2015–16 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. As a Radcliffe Fellow, Armitage is exploring ways to bring the unique point of view of indigenous cultures into contemporary performance, focusing on Aboriginal cultures of the Kimberley region in Australia and Plains Indian tribes in the United States. Collaborating with thinkers from inside and outside the academy—including from Haskell Indian Nations University—Armitage will focus on other ways of being, thinking, and orienting the self on the earth.

Artistic director of the New York–based Armitage Gone! Dance Company, Armitage is renowned for pushing boundaries to create works that blend dance, music, science, and art to engage in philosophical questions about the search for meaning. Armitage movement looks spontaneous despite its rigorous craftsmanship. Concepts such as “cubism in motion” are applied to group patterns, creating several vantage points so that movement is seen from multiple perspectives, angles, and levels, with planes bleeding into each other. The steps are based on calligraphy and fractal geometry (that of clouds, mountains, seashores), creating a sinuous, curvilinear vocabulary unlike the Euclidian geometry of dance tradition. The dancers share a common purpose but do not dance in unison, producing a funky, democratic individuality with lyricism punctuated by raw, visceral accents.