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Dr. Mark Franko speaks at Bryn Mawr

On Wednesday, November 1, the Bryn Mawr Center for Visual Culture and the Dance Program sponsored a talk by eminent dance scholar, Dr. Mark Franko attended by faculty and students from the bi-co community as well as visitors to the campus.  The paper delivered, Can We Inhabit a Dance? Reflections on Dancing the ‘Bauhaus Dances’ in Dessau, focused on the original performances and subsequent reconstructions of Oskar Schlemmer’s late 1920s experimental “Bauhaus Dances” from the perspective of the spectator and the performer.  Anyone familiar with Dr. Franko’s work would not be surprised to find him, yet again, seamlessly blending the erudite and the experiential, and for those in the audience more conditioned to the still body reading at a lectern, what an informative surprise to see him intersperse his reading with dance gesture and vocalization.  His research for the paper drew on multiple disciplines—architectural and dance history, cultural studies, philosophy and more—but it also emerged from his own experiences dancing in Debra McCall’s 1994 reconstruction of the “Bauhaus Dances” that returned the performance of the work to its point of origin in a post-war restoration of Walter Gropius’s theatre for the Bauhaus in the east German city of Dessau just five years after the end of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany—restorations, reinhabitings, and reinventions on multiple levels.

So many questions were raised by Dr. Franko’s paper:  Can a dance reinhabit its originary space and, in a twist, what of the originary space remains in the dance/dancers performed/performing elsewhere; how do the dancers exhibit, dwell in, construct or influence the space and, how does the space press, summon, shape the dance/dancer; what is the relationship of all of this to the architecture of the Bauhaus building; what is the relationship of all of this to agency, particularly in those dances in which dancers are encased in a neutralizing costume that renders them readable as abstracted, marionette-like beings; and can the audience in its very presence or responses to  the dance/dancers also be conceptualized as space in its capacity to be a gestural shaper?  Given that these are just a few of the ideas explored and discussed, it is easy to imagine what an incredibly full and generative lecture this was. Our thanks to Mark Franko.

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Trip to Paul Taylor Dance Company Performance in Philadelphia!

Join the Dance Program on Saturday, November 4 at 8pm to see the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia!

The company will perform three masterworks: Esplanade, set to Bach and showcasing vivid expressions of everyday movement; Company B, a dance evocation of the 1940s to the music of the Andrews Sisters; and Arden Court, a romantic and lyrical favorite.

It’s a chance to see landmark 20th century dance making and glorious dancing in an intimate theater where all the seats are good seats! Tickets are available at a group rate of $15 with FREE bus transportation included. Email your interest to Dance Program assistant Elizabeth Yost at ASAP!

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KNOWING DANCE and other lectures and conversations. . .

You do dance, you see dance. . . Want to know more about the cultural, historical, social, political, or art-related dimensions of dance???  1. Come to our lectures    2. Take a dance lecture/seminar course   3. Check out these events at neighboring institutions! 

AT BRYN MAWR: Visual Culture Series – November 1, 2017
College Hall 224  12:30-2pm  (Good!) Refreshments served
Mark Franko Chair, Dance Department, Temple University
“Can We Inhabit a Dance? Reflections on Dancing the ‘Bauhaus Dances’ in Dessau”

Eminent dance historian, Mark Franko, will discuss the reconstruction of Oskar Schlemmer’s “Bauhaus Dances” from the perspective of the spectator and the performer and in relation to architectural space. Scenes from Debra McCall’s film of “Bauhaus Dances” will be projected as part of the talk.

Click  Temple or UARTS  for links to their schedules of really interesting lectures, demonstrations, or dialogues at Temple University or University of the Arts in Philly, ranging from the famous drag interpreter of Martha Graham, Richard Move, to the French Rwandan choreographer Dorothee Munyaneza, or from Katherine Dunham and the diaspora, to NYC performance practices.

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Take advantage of the lively Philly dance scene through the Dance Program’s Dance TRIP (Ticket Reimbursement in Philadelphia) and Dance FLIP (Faculty Live in Performance) initiatives.  Dance TRIP provides support for seeing a dance performance, in any genre, in Philly.  Dance FLIP does the same for performances by your Dance faculty. BRING your receipt to the Dance Office in Goodhart to be reimbursed up to $10 per ticket. That can go far when student rush tickets for the pennsylvania Ballet and Annenberg Center performances are just $10. These programs are only open to those BI-CO students enrolled in a Dance class in this academic year.  Available until our yearly funds for the programs run out!

For More information, contact Professor Cantor,

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Bryn Mawr Dance Faculty in Philly FringeArts Festival

Silencing the Tides, is a work by Olive Prince that exists under and around a large sculpture fabricated from clothing by visual artist Carrie Powell. Tides is influenced by works as wide ranging as O’Brien’s The Things they Carried and writings by the 8th century Venerable Bede and is based on the idea of free will, juxtaposed with messages and metaphors from nature, evoking strong images of the ocean’s tide, the feeling of sand and the changing nature of the waves. 

Sept 16 at 5pm + 7pm       
Sept 17 at 2pm + 4pm
Ballroom Philadelphia
1207 Gerritt Street



Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround will premiere Everyday Saturday and also feature Jesus & Egun, proclaimed by Eva Yaa Asantawaa as a choreographic world she would want to live in permanently. These works are from Jones’ newest series, Plight Release and the Diasporic Body

September 22 & 23  7:30 PM
Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University
1801 North Broad Street, 5th Floor



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PLACEMENT AND AUDITION DATES (& dates for technique classes)

(September 5 for Composition and academic lecture seminar courses)

Students who are interested in taking intermediate or advanced ballet must attend a placement class on THURSDAY, AUGUST 31,  5:15 – 6:30 pm in the Pem Dance Studio.  Come dressed to dance (ballet slippers only); no need to prepare anything.

ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS  Generally for students working at intermediate or advanced levels: first year students are welcome.  Auditions are run as a class, no need to prepare anything.

Modern Ensemble with Olive Prince           Wednesday, September 6          4:10 pm    Pem Studio
Ballet Ensemble  with Felicia Cruz               Thursday, September 7              7:10 pm    Pem Studio

These ensembles plus four more offered in the Spring (Jazz, Modern, African, Hip-hop) and, often, one or two advanced choreography pieces, are shown in the yearly main stage Spring Dance Concert, this year on April 27 and 28. Students need to commit to semester rehearsals and to performance week rehearsals in the Spring.

Dance Outreach invites student dancers who have experience in performance in any technique to come to the information and movement session.
Dance Outreach  with Mady Cantor         Friday, September 8         4:40 pm    Pem Studio

Dance Outreach Project is an ensemble that visits schools in the Philadelphia area with lecture/demonstration programs featuring original choreography and music.
[Outreach Info/Movement session – contact for more information]

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Extracurricular Dance Groups – need rehearsal space? Meeting on 9/5

Extracurricular dance groups that would like to utilize Pem or Denbigh Dance studios for rehearsals should send a group representative to an informational meeting with Mady Cantor on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM in the GOODHART COMMON ROOM…   (

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Dance Composition final projects studio showing

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Bryn Mawr and Haveford student dancers will take to the stage for the Bryn Mawr College Dance Program’s annual Spring Dance Concert. . .

This year, nearly thirty students will perform in the works of critically noted guest choreographers including: Kyle ‘Just Sole’ Clark, former dancer and rehearsal director with Rennie Harris Puremovement, co-founder of Funky Sole Fundamentals, and co-Director of Just Sole-Street Dance Theater; Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon, former dancer with two high-powered companies, Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, ordained minister and educator, and choreographer with Danse4Nia, acgilmoredance, and others; Megan Mazarick, a Philadelphia-based independent choreographer, performer and teacher who has toured her work in the US and in places as far flung as Egypt, Singapore and Poland; Shannon Murphy, co-director of IdiosynCrazy Productions, a sought-after independent dance artist who has worked with a wide range of choreographers and a choreographer in her own right who has presented work in the US and Canada; Meredith Rainey, former soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet X who has won numerous awards and grants for his work that has been performed in both North and South American as well as European venues, presently co-director of Pitch-dance; and Madeline Cantor, Associate Director of the Bryn Mawr College Dance Program, former dancer with one of Philadelphia’s pioneering Modern companies, Dance Conduit, Director of Dance(Teaching Artists Group) and a board member of Dance and the Child International. Senior dance major, Joy Angelica Chan will present an excerpt from her work “InVisible”

The concert runs under an hour and a half including intermission and seating begins 30 minutes prior to performance. The concerts are free and open to the public, and a reception follows in the Benham Lobby.



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