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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Voguing: Escaping Oppression Through Self-Expression

Voguing was born out of the subjugated Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Black, and Latina/o Ballroom community in the 1940ís. Voguing embodies and represents the underground Ballroom subculture which has established a safe abode for the intersection, interaction and collaboration of the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality. In this diverse community, dance transforms into an open platform to express movements with freedom, not restricted by social norms. Voguing invokes intra/interpersonal and somatic resolutions, inciting the dancer to fully immerse him or herself in a personal agency over performance, time, space, force, self and body all the while interacting, responding and representing a dance community within a larger subcultural community. This presentation will discuss the culture, language, movement phrases and aesthetics in Voguing that have been passed down since the 1940ís which has created a community of dancers/people that accept and promote freedom of movement and expression.

Presenter: Chelsea O. Gavazzi (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theatre
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.