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How to Make it to the Dance Floor. Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to Make it to the Dance Floor:
A Salsa Guide for Women (Based on Actual Experiences)

Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public

Download: audio, small video, or original.

cindy garcia salsa crossingsA staged reading of a play by IAS Fellow Cindy Garcia and dramaturg Lucy Burns. How to Make it to the Dance Floor explores the relationships among Latinas and the politics of migration over 500 years after the colonization of the Americas through the story of the tense, unexpected reunion in a Salsa club between Guadalupe and Coatlalupe who were violently separated over 500 years ago during the Spanish colonization of present day Mexico.

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns is an Associate Professor at UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department. She is the author of Puro Arte: On the Filipino Performing Body, published by NYU Press. Current inquiries include representations of the future in performance through the figure of the robot, and “commonwealth” as an American identity. Burns is also a dramaturg, whose recent collaborations include David Rousseve’s Stardust, and R. Zamora Linmark’s But, Beautiful, and TeAda Productions’ Global Taxi Driver. She has participated in several projects focusing on Asian American theater and performance, including attending the 2007 World Social Forum as a member of a U.S. artist delegation and as a reviewer for the National Asian American Theater Festival (2009, 2011).

Cindy García is an Associate Professor, dance theorist, performance ethnographer, and playwright in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her book Salsa Crossings: Dancing Latinidad in Los Angeles (Duke UP 2013) addresses the politics of social performances of Mexican-ness, latinidad, and migration in Los Angeles salsa clubs. Her research and teaching interests include the cultural politics of migration, race, and racialization, feminist ethnography, Chicana/o and Latin/o American Performance Studies, and the gendered performances of latinidad in urban libidinal economies.

This event is cosponsored by the Immigration History Research Center and the Departments of Asian American Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Gender Women and Sexuality Studies, and Theatre Arts and Dance.

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