DC Dance Summit Graphic Recordings


I was thrilled to have been able to support the 2018 DC Dance Summit last week, a program of Dance Metro DC, in partnership with Dance Place, Dance Exchange, and the Dance Institute of Washington. For two of the three days, I graphic recorded several of the talks on topics relevant to the performing arts community today, such as diversity in dance; women in leadership; feedback/critical response; and anti-oppression.

I also learned some ways of approaching how to capture movement through graphic recording. How would I capture the essence of a dance? When watching dance, you have to listen with your ears and your eyes. My approach was to watch the piece in its entirety, capturing a few photos of dynamic movement, and then integrate these shapes into the recording of the discussion. In one session titled "Art Experience and Listening Circle," Deborah Riley led a discussion that followed a dance performance by Katie Sopoci Drake. It was a silent performance around the themes of oppression and diversity; however, the purpose of the movement was less about the themes and more about the discussion that followed. Fascinating to record.

Another highlight for me was the Anti-Oppression session led by Stephen Clapp and Laura Schandelmeier. The session was a pilot of a longer program in this topic area and centered around movement-based activities that brought out power dynamics related to oppression. It showed how learning and insight is heightened when felt through the body, rather than discussion alone.


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Women in Leadership Panel Discussion: Amy Fitterer (Dance / USA); Denise Saunders Thompson (International Association of Blacks in Dance); Estela Velez (Furia Flamenca); Sara Nash (National Endowment for the Arts); Susan McGreevy Nichols (National Dance Education Organization)


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The Black Report led by Denise Saunders Thompson (International Association of Blacks in Dance)


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Diversity and Representation Panel: Quanice Floyd (Arts Administrators of Color Network); Ronya Lee Anderson (Independent Choreographer); Shruthi Murund (Indian Dance Educators Association); Christopher Morgan (Dance Place + CKM Artists); Omar Ingram (International Association of Blacks in Dance)


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Art Experience and Listening Circle led by Deborah Riley and KatieSopoci Drake

Anti-Oppression Training led by Stephen Clapp and Laura Schandelmeier


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Using Critical Response Process led by Elizabeth Johnson and Oida Maedel (Dance Exchange)

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