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Dancing East Asia: Conference and Exhibition


Dancing East Asia: Critical Choreographies and their Corporeal Politics

April 2017

China   ·   Japan   ·   North and South Korea   ·   Taiwan   ·   Hong Kong

April 7-8 | Hatcher Library Gallery

This conference examines the moving body as a medium of artistic experimentation, cultural exchange, and political activism in East Asia. Invited scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America will present new research on dance in the East Asian region, including China, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Covering late imperial times to the present, the conference will offer a landmark event for the emerging field of East Asian dance studies.

Dancing East Asia has been designated the 2017 “Special Topics Conference” by the Society for Dance History Scholars, the dance studies organization of ACLS.

This conference is one part of an ongoing research project focused on Dance Studies and Global East Asia and an edited volume directed and authored by Emily Wilcox and Katherine Mezur.

Organizer | Emily Wilcox


Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965

March 1-May 15 | Hatcher Library Gallery & the Asia Library

Opening Reception | Monday, March 6th 4:00-5:30

This original, curated exhibit introduces modern Chinese dance history through issues of ethnicity, nation, gender, and class. Learn the stories of individual dancers and choreographers, and explore relationships among dance, popular media, and global exchange during a time when China and the United States had little direct cultural contact.

The exhibit features materials from the University of Michigan Library’s Asia Library, the largest resource of materials for Chinese dance research in North America. Materials on display include digitized photographs, performance programs, archival materials, books, and videos.

Join us for an opening reception in the Hatcher Gallery on March 6 at 4pm.

Sponsored by the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and the University of Michigan Library, the exhibit is curated by U-M faculty Emily Wilcox and U-M librarian Liangyu Fu.

Organizers | Emily Wilcox and Liangyu Fu

Sponsors | U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and the University of Michigan Library

If you have questions or would like more information about the conference or exhibition, please contact the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.