No Boundaries, 2010-2011
The No Boundaries project is a collaborative research and performance project between the African American Studies, Dance & Theater, and History Departments that investigates racial construction, embodiment, performance, and identity. Through multiple venues and media, we will conduct a series of activities, including master classes, a lecture, a concert, and audience driven panel discussions that explore the utility and consequences of racial categories, aesthetic choices, and knowledge practices.
Convener: Diana Dinerman (History)
From March 8-11, 2011, Gesel Mason will perform portions of her award-winning No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Black Choreographers, featuring works by Donald McKayle, David Roussève, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Mason uses a blend of dance, theater, storytelling and humor to bring visibility to voices unheard, topics neglected, or perspectives considered taboo. Her award winning projects are “socially relevant”, “emotionally resonant”, and “impressively executed” (Washington Post).
During her visit, Mason will also share excerpts from her new project, Women, Sex, and Desire, a multi-media investigation on how women navigate sex, desire, choice, and perception. Dance, personal stories and video imagery combine to tackle powerful personal and political issues under discussion nationwide. Women, Sex, and Desire challenges our cultural programming, examines our belief systems, and reflects the struggle, humor, and pleasure we encounter as sexual beings.