"Embodied Activism: Dance, Subjects, and Mobilization in Contemporary American Society"

All Fall 2014 Davies Forum Lectures are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions or require reasonable accommodation, please contact Andie Vallee (


The Laboring Dance Studies Body: Race, Class, Nationality and other Disciplinary Choreographies


A Performative Lecture by José Luis Reynoso

Thursday, September 18, 7:00pm

Studio Theater on Lone Mountain

This event is free and open to the public.

This performative lecture organizes thoughts and/as bodily actions in a series of choices that render this presentation as a choreographic meta-analysis of its methods, its frames, its intentions, and the political implications it might have beyond itself. Highlighting the subjective inevitability in processes of knowledge production, Jose will perform as an artist-scholar-construction-worker on the intersection between corporeality and constructs such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, and nationality. In doing so, this performance raises questions as to the viability of dance and choreography in teaching us about the role of corporeality in the production of subjectivity and the politics of identification as we strive to construct a more egalitarian world.

José Luis Reynoso is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at UC Riverside. José writes and teaches about the history, theory, and practice of dance and other forms of cultural production as developed in the U.S., Mexico, and other countries in Latin America.


Dances with Zombies: Michael Jackson, Thriller, and Moving Work

A Lecture by Judith Hamera

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm

Berman Room, FROMM Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Dances with Zombies centers around "Thrill Day" (October 25), which reminds us that Michael Jackson may be dead but he hasn't actually gone away. "Thrill Day" is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of his landmark Thriller; the dance, like its zombie chorines and Jackson himself, are not resting in peace.  Jackson's dancing, too often dismissed by critics, and Thriller in particular, offer valuable insights into how dance works rhetorically, affectively, and socially. This presentation examines Michael Jackson and Thriller as underappreciated cultural actors in our current political economic moment.

Judith Hamera is Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.  She is the author or editor of five books, including the award-winning Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference and Connection in the Global City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007/2011).  She has published on Michael Jackson's dancing in PMLA and is currently completing a book for Oxford University Press entitled "Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization.”


World War Whatever


A Performance by d. Sabela Grimes as part of the USF Dance Ensemble Fall Concert

Thursday-Saturday, 11/13-11/15, 8:00pm

Studio Theater on Lone Mountain

Tickets: $5 with USF ID, $10 General Public

World War Whatever is a densely packed narrative that tracks the terminal confessions of HyperSpace, an electrogynous omni-dimensional traveler mapping the segregated terrains of time and space. A diffusion of information using material ranging from recorded accounts of the famed “Philadelphia Experiment” to the fantastic tales of Dr. Funkenstein.

d. Sabela grimes is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose performance work and pedagogical approach reveal his vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-diasporic cultural practices. Considered an Afro-futurist, his work journeys through the current future of the present past and the corrugated spaces of select incarnations while proactively seeking to magnify and critique contemporary notions of Hip Hop culture and aesthetics.


Refuse/Refuge: A Ritual About Waste

An event and discussion by jill sigman/thinkdance

Thursday, November 20, 8:00pm

Studio Theater on Lone Mountain

This event is free and open to the public.

Refuse/Refuge: A Ritual About Waste is a communal event orchestrated by movement artist Jill Sigman in which live movement, cast off objects, and discussion mix. In this casual setting, audience members are invited to be active witnesses and participants, blurring the boundaries between dialogue and performance. You are asked to bring one thing that you would like to throw away to the performance. It can be large or small, old or new, mundane or meaningful. Bring this as your ‘admission’ fee.

Jill Sigman is a movement artist who works with live body and found materials. Her work lies at the intersection of dance, visual installation, and social practice art. Sigman has been pioneering in blurring boundaries between media and in exploring environmental issues and themes of sustainability through live performance. Sigman was trained in classical ballet, modern dance, art history, and analytic philosophy, and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. She is Artistic Director of jill sigman/thinkdance, founded in 1998 and based in New York City. For more info, visit her website: