Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

The Institute Dance Symposia Series

Since 2005, the Institute has offered an annual ethnic dance concert showcasing a particular culture representative of the surrounding communities, the only such dance program presented on the Rutgers-Newark campus.  Professional dance ensembles from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts have performed Middle Eastern, Asian-Indian, and African and Afro-Brazilian music and dance in the Rutgers-Newark Black-Box Theater in Bradley Hall, drawing audiences from Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, New York, and other ethnic enclaves.  In Nov. 2009, the Institute expanded the program into a comprehensive day-long exploration of dance, history, and culture with a symposium on North African Dance and Culture.  A Symposium on Flamenco Dance and Culture followed in 2010, and Cambodian Dance and Culture in 2011.

In 2011 the dance program grew into a series of two symposia per year - the traditional World Dance Symposium in the fall, and a new, Contemporary/Urban Dance Symposium in the spring, in partnership with the Newark Museum and NJPAC's Arts Education Program, which host the workshop/demos during the day.  The inaugural spring symposium in 2012 on Urban and Hip-hop dance with Illstyle & Peace Productions, attracted students, teachers, and members of the Newark community to the museum in March, 2012 for a workshop on hip-hop dance, and then to an evening performance with the artists in the Bradley Hall Theater.  Our next fall World dance symposia on South African Dance & Culture, featuring Juxtapower of NYC, will be presented September 26, 2012; the spring symposium of 2013 on March 27 features contemporary modern dance with Danse4Nia from Philadelphia.

Through its highly visible and successful Dance Symposia Series, the Institute has drawn audience to experience these cultural programs both on campus and in the community.  The series acknowledges and celebrated the great diversity that defines our community-at-large, and reinforces the notion of a common ground of creativity in dance on which all of the world's cultures stand.

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