Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside

Annual UCR event will host dancers and scholars from all over the world

ICR will feature two new works by renowned indigenous choreographers: Daystar/Rosalie Jones, “Dancing the Four Directions,” and Rosy Simas Danse, “Skin(s).” Photo courtesy of Rosy Simas

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The University of California, Riverside’s Department of Dance presents “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside (ICR),” on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The annual event brings indigenous dance artists and indigenous studies scholars to the UCR campus to connect, discuss, and share their work.

ICR is hosted and organized by Jacqueline Shea Murphy, professor of dance at UCR. “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,” she said.

The topic of this year’s conference is “Webs of Support for indigenous Dance/Inside and Out of Institutions.” Discussions will include: how the academy and institutions support, or obstruct, possibilities for indigenous dance; and, what parallel, alternative, and/or counter-hegemonic practices and responses are taking place outside of these institutions to support indigenous dance.

There will also be a tribute and panel on critical perspectives on native dance in California. It will conclude with a performance featuring new choreography.

Photo courtesy of Daystar/Rosalie Jones

Photo courtesy of Daystar/Rosalie Jones

The schedule includes:

  • 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. – Conference registration and coffee.
  • 9:15 – 9:40 a.m. – Welcome by Jacqueline Shea Murphy, Gerald Clarke (professor of ethnic studies at UCR and Cahuilla leader), Milagros Pena (Dean of UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences), Anthea Kraut (chair of the UCR dance department), Kim Marcus (Cahuilla/Serrano Ceremonial Leader), and Tyler Stallings (interim director of the UCR ARTSblock).
  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – “Movements, Actions, Possibilities, Futurities,” workshop led by Emily Johnson (artistic director of Catalyst, a performance company).
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Morning seminar: “Indigenous Dance Inside and Outside of Institutions: What is needed? Problems and Possibilities.” The panel discussion will include Julie Burelle (professor of theatre, UC San Diego), Karyn Recollet (professor of gender studies at University of Toronto), Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Danse), Tria Blu Wakpa (Ph.D. candidate in ethnic studies at UC Berkeley), Neil MacLean (Ohlone Profiles Project, Rulan Tangen (Dancing Earth), Jack Gray (2016 Spring Artist in Residence and Research Scholar NYU; from New Zealand)
  • 12:15 – 1 p.m. – Lunch, please RSVP.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. – Afternoon Seminar: “Indigenous Dance and Institutional Support: What is happening? Continuities, Innovations, Structures.” The panel discussion will include Maile Arvin (professor of ethnic studies at UCR), Maria Firmino Castillo (Ph.D. candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies; from Guatemala), Daystar/Rosalie Jones (professor of indigenous performance studies at Trent University in Canada) Rachel Fensham (associate Dean of digital studio at the University of Melbourne in Australia), Louise Potiki Bryant (choreographer and dancer from New Zealand), Lisa Wymore (chair of the theatre department at UC Berkeley), Tyler Stallings, Alejandro Roncería (award-winning choreographer from Canada).
  • 3 – 3:10 p.m. – Coffee break.
  • 3:10 – 4:10 p.m. – Performative tribute to the late Michael Tsosie, led by Tangen.
  • 4:10 – 6:00 p.m. – Physicalized Intelligence and California Indian Dance roundtable: “Provocations, Politics, Possibilities (Honoring the Work and Wit of Michael Tsosie)” The roundtable will include Mark Minch (professor of indigenous studies, and English at UCR), Cutcha Rising Baldy (assistant professor of American Indian Studies at Cal State San Diego), Gerald Clarke, David Smith (Pomo Dance Captain), Bernadette Smith (Pomo Dancer), Lala Andreas (Cahuilla Bird Song Dancer), and Kim Marcus.
  • 8 – 9:30 p.m. – Indigenous choreography performance. The performance will feature two new works by renowned indigenous choreographers: Daystar/Rosalie Jones, “Dancing the Four Directions,” and Rosy Simas Danse, “Skin(s).” The conference concludes with a response panel including Michelle Raheja (professor of English at UCR, and the director of California Center for Native Nations), Mishuana Goeman (associate professor of gender studies at UCLA), Taisha Paggett (professor of dance at UCR), Louise Potiki Bryant, Rachel Fensham, Alejandro Roncería, and Ananya Chatterjea (professor of dance at the University of Minnesota).

The conference will be held at UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA. Admission is free, but space is limited – if you are interested in attending the conference, please RSVP.

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