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The Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside (ICR) project is an annual event that brings Indigenous dance artists and Indigenous studies scholars to campus to connect, discuss, and share work. We look at ways Indigenous dance, in many diverse forms and locations, engages Indigenous knowledges, and at the import of these articulations in the context of ongoing coloniality.

This year, the ICR project brings Indigenous dance artists and Indigenous studies scholars together to address Webs of Support for Indigenous Dance / Inside and Outside of Institutions. Topics to be discussed at this all-day conference include: how the academy and institutions support – or obstruct – possibilities for the thriving of Indigenous dance; and what parallel, alternative, and/or counter-hegemonic practices and responses are taking place outside of these institutions to support Indigenous dance. The conference includes a tribute and panel centered around critical perspectives on Native dance in California, including that discussed in a manuscript on Mohave bird singing that the late Michael Tsosie shared at last year’s ICR. It concludes with an evening performance featuring new choreography.

Dance artists participating in this year’s gathering include: Daystar/Rosalie Jones (Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America); Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Danse); Rulan Tangen and Anne Pesata (DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations); Emily Johnson (Emily Johnson/Catalyst); Louise Potiki Bryant (Aotearoa/New Zealand); David Smith (Pomo Dance Captain); Alejandro Roncería (Canada); Jack Gray (Aotearoa/New Zealand and NYU); others TBC.

Space is limited. Please RSVP for morning, afternoon, and/or evening performance to guarantee a spot.


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NOTE: This year’s ICR is organized in collaboration with this UCHRI Working Group.

The presentation of Skin(s) by Rosy Simas Danse was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

For more information visit the conference page.

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