[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Knowing Dance More with Jasmine Johnson and jumatatu m. poe

Bakst, Lauren lbakst at uarts.edu
Sun Feb 23 10:26:18 EST 2020

Knowing Dance More:
Jasmine Johnson and jumatatu m. poe

Wednesday February 26
11:30 – 12:50 p.m.
Gershman Y Gym Dance Theater
401 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA
Free & open to the public

In this conversation, scholar Jasmine Johnson and choreographer jumatatu m.
poe will discuss the ways they are coming together within, through, around
Black dance and their con/divergent reflections of dance and its
motivations within their respective social analyses. Together they will
examine the various constellations of people and social phenomena that
inform their work, and how that work was brought together.

*Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson* is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes and teaches about dance,
black feminism, diaspora and performance. Her work has been supported by
the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and elsewhere.

*jumatatu m. poe *is a choreographer and performer based between
Philadelphia and New York City. jumatatu's early exposure to concert dance
was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college
campuses where jumatatu's parents studied and worked, but jumatatu did not
start formal dance training until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s
contemporary African dance technique. jumatatu's work continues to be
influenced by various sources, including recent sociological research of
and technical training in J-setting with Donte Beacham.

*Knowing Dance More* is a series of lectures, conversations, and informal
showings led by important artists and scholars in the international field
of dance. This series brings into focus current issues within the
production, performance, and practice of dance works and will hopefully
foster ongoing conversations about knowing dance (more). Curated by Lauren

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