The NDEO 2018 National Conference will be in San Diego this fall and includes three full days of more than 200 movement workshops, master classes, panel presentation, research paper presentations, social events and performances. A full day of pre-conference intensives precedes the official start of conference. San Diego is home to a very active and diverse dance ecosystem comprised of numerous dance companies and dance makers working in forms rooted in local cultural traditions. Dance education is flourishing in San Diego with courses offered in five community college districts, two state universities, and dance is also found inside a robust accredited public high school system. San Diego’s dance scene also boasts community programs that add enrichment based dance instruction in the K-12 public and private classrooms. San Diego has deep artistic roots that provide the foundation for new growth in artistic creation and education by forging new pathways in the dance. In this new era, it is essential that we as dance educators make mindful connections, deepen our knowledge, and lead with purpose in the classroom, the studio, the stage and beyond.
When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.
Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music
My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.
Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film
Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.
Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio
La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.