Feb. 11: SanSan Kwan on Intercultural Choreography

The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies presents


SanSan Kwan

Associate Professor of Dance and Performance Studies at University of California, Berkeley

Love Dances: Collaboration in East-West Intercultural Choreography

How do artists collaborate across cultural divides? How do they bring different bodily knowledges to each other and come together to create mutual choreography? What are the ethics and the politics of intercultural engagement? This talk will explore love as a form and a feeling that can structure the sometimes difficult encounter between cultural others. Remembering dance history’s legacy of Orientalism, I will look particularly at a few examples of dance duets between European and Asian or Asian diasporic choreographers (Jérôme Bel and Pichet Klunchun; Emmanuelle Huynh and Akira Kasai; Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez). I am interested in the different modes of collaboration they engage, with the hope that love can be a force that shapes cross-cultural commitment.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Memorial Auditorium, Room 125

There is free parking on Memorial Drive. For a map, please click here.

This event is free, but please register by emailing Joanna Dee Das at jdeedas@stanford.edu.

The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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