Knowing Dance More: Wilmer Wilson

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UArts School of Dance presents Knowing Dance More with Wilmer Wilson:

Uncharisma in Performance

Charisma is a coveted force throughout history for its power to generate particular types of sensation in an audience. It makes those who are affected by it feel and do things in relatively predictable patterns. But for all its hard-to-define qualities, charisma is not a completely magical phenomenon. It also aligns with hegemonic social norms of credentialing and certification that dictate whose gestures are worth paying attention to. This presentation will examine moments of performance that grate against prevailing ideals of charisma in performance, and imagine ways those moments can be implemented in service to critical cultural counterhistories.

Wilmer Wilson IV is an artist working across mediums including performance, sculpture, video, photography, and installation to explore the nature and social value of ephemera and bodily presence in public spaces. In 2012 He was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to create a suite of 3 public performances titled Henry 'Box' Brown: FOREVER, in which he covered his body in US postage stamps and walked the streets of Washington, DC to post offices, asking to be mailed. He has since been included in exhibitions at the Barnes Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the American University Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper, Belgium, among others. He graduated from Howard University in 2012, and received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. In 2017 he was awarded a Pew Fellowship. He lives and works in Philadelphia.

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


Wednesday, 25 October, 2017

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