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Special Event – The Shluva Project: Embracing My Grandmother’s Grandmother
April 15 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presenters: Miriam Phillips
The Shluva Project: Embracing My Grandmother’s Grandmother searches for roots within the genealogical tracings of my erased Jewish family lineage. Interrogating the faded stories, artefacts and tattered photographs left behind by my ancestors, this choreographic work shines light on dark immigrant shadows lurking within familial cracks. The second of a two-part series, one storied in film, this storied through dance, The Shluva Project explores themes of persecuted and marginalized races, displaced immigrants, desires to be ‘other’, and family lore that perpetuates a sense of loss and lost identity through the generations.
Following the performance there will be a brief open discussion on the research and creative process behind the work.
Miriam is a US -based dance artist, educator, and dance ethnologist certified in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System. Her scholarly and artistic work is highly informed by somatics, cultural studies, and living in dance communities in India, Spain, the Middle East, U.S. and West Africa. Interweaving ethnographic and choreographic practice, her work highlights ways research can be storied through dance, multimedia, and text. Her cross-cultural scholarly work, which emphasizes dance as embodied cultural knowledge, and communal memory symbolised in performance has been published in numerous journals. Miriam has served on the dance faculties of several US universities, including, the University of Maryland, Wesleyan, and California Institute of the Arts, as well as directing her own flamenco dance school.
Admission is free and all are welcome.