American Studies Association 2019

The theme of our ASA panel was “Captures and Releases: Blackness as/and Relationality,” and we went to Honolulu intending to broadly discuss the interactions between emergent technology and black women choreographers. This shifted after we took class at Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine. Through the generosity of the company director and company dancers, we were immersed in dancing hula as a movement-based community building practice with the power to communicate across cultures and complex traumatic histories. In presenting on this powerful experience, we discuss how choreography functions as a cultural and historical technology within the US. We also question our position in this shared dance community as black Americans in a colonized US state, and how 360 video and VR become a fertile space for examining this unique point of view.

Photo of the panelists participating in the ASA panel titled Captures and Releases: Blackness as/and Relationality
l-r: Cole Morgan, Kali Tambrée, Kimberly Bain, Michelle Penn, Liz Murice Alexander
not pictured: Marisa Parham

Conference Location: Hawai’i Convention Center – Honolulu, HI

  • Chair: Marisa Parham (Amherst College)
  • Roundtable Participants
    • riversides2106: Liz Murice Alexander (Cornell University) & Michelle Penn (Choreographer)
    • Kimberly Bain (Princeton University) *organizer
    • Cole Morgan (Brown University)
    • Kali Tambrée (University of California, Los Angeles)