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Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World

March 9, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Bridging a performing arts gap created by the pandemic, Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC) has partnered with the Yale Dance Lab and 16 renowned dance artists to launch a 16-episode series, dubbed Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World, which features digital dance poems, performed by 66 dancers from 12 dance groups and a variety of genres.

Each weekly episode knits together local, national, and international communities of dance and explores the continuous and interrupted dance practices in digital life. New episodes, along with behind-the-scenes interviews, are scheduled to air from February 15 through May 10.

Transpositions began when Emily Coates (associate professor and director of dance in the Theater and Performance Studies Program) matched dance artists from New Haven, Philadelphia, New York, and South Africa with dancers based on mutual interests in dance styles, or, conversely, because “the match may pose a direct collision of different backgrounds and styles that might broaden the dancers’ knowledge of choreographic processes.” Each choreographer worked with a group of dancers for two 2-hour sessions to experiment and explore ideas to create a digital dance poem.

About YSC:

Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC) is transformational for Yale in providing, for the first time, a center for student life and the arts at the historic heart of the Yale University campus.      YSC produces digital programs and collaborative arts experiences geared toward audiences within and beyond the Yale campus. Learn more at https://schwarzman.yale.edu.

About the Yale Dance Lab:

The Yale Dance Lab promotes cross-disciplinary research in dance through partnerships with schools and departments across Yale’s campus. The Dance Lab emphasizes studio practice, whether reconstructing older works or experimenting with new ideas, as a unique form of research, revealing an artist’s choreographic vision and historical milieu. The discipline, ritual, and repetition inherent in creative practice forms the Lab’s core knowledge—Dance Lab members deepen their technical strength and artistry, even as they gain insight into some of the most powerful sociopolitical ideas of our time. Learn more at https://yaledancelab.yale.edu/



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