2018 Conference

2018 conference poster

DANCE BLACK JOY: Global Affirmations and Defiance  centered African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic possibility.The third Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) conference carried forward enlivening discussions on the power and politics of global Black Dance as scholars, practitioners, educators, and other stakeholders came together for three days of intellectual and artistic inspiration. 

Anchored by critical dialogue and provocative research presentations, the conference featured breakout sessions, movement workshops, film screenings, and a performance of CANE: a responsive environment dancework, conceived by Thomas F. DeFrantz and SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology in collaboration with Wideman/Davis Dance. 

keynote speakers

Tribute to Baba Chuck Davis

DavisDr. Charles "Baba Chuck" Davis was a central presence at previous conferences and we along with dance communities all over world deeply feel Davis’ absence. To create energy around Davis’ mission to preserve, perpetuate, and extend African Diasporan dance traditions, our 2018 conference devoted intentional focus to his legacy through extended processional and panel discussion offering an opportunity for artists who were close to Chuck Davis’ work to talk about his vision and openly strategize about ways to keep his work alive in concert performance, the academy, and community development.  Two panels were convened at the opening of the conference:  "Sipping from the Chalice: Chuck Davis’ Vision and the future of African Dance Performance" moderated by C. Kemal Nance and "Drumming The Dance: Reflections and Experiences from percussionists in the time of Baba Chuck" moderated by Andrea E. Woods Valdes.


Schedule Overview: Featured Events

FRI 1:00 PM Processional Conference Welcome featuring Duke University President Vincent Price and Duke Dance Chair Purnima Shah
FRI 1:30-3:00 PM PANEL Sipping from the Chalice: Chuck Davis' Vision and the future of African Dance Performance
FRI 3:00-4:00 PM ROUNDTABLE Afro-Feminist Performance Routes Roundtable
FRI 3:00-4:30 PM ROUNDTABLE Drumming The Dance: Reflections and Experiences from percussionists in the time of Baba Chuck
FRI 7:00 PM PERFORMANCE CANE: a responsive environment dancework
FRI 9:00 PM FILM Balé de Pé no Chão: a Dança Afro de Mercedes Baptista Gênero
FRI 10:00 PM BANTABA Late night West African dance gathering
SAT 9:00-10:00 AM WORKSHOP Afro-Feminist Performance Routes Workshop
SAT 10:15-11:00 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Melissa Blanco Borelli
SAT 11:15 AM-12:15 PM WORKSHOP Writing Black Dancer Memoir: Telling Your Personal-Professional Story
SAT 2:30-3:30 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Marianna Francisca Martins Monteiro
SAT 7:30 PM PERFORMANCE Presenter's Showcase curated by Andrea Woods Valdes
SAT 9:00 PM-MIDNIGHT PARTY Empower Dance Studio
SUN 11:30 AM-12:30 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Brenda Dixon Gottschild
SUN 2:30-3:30 PM OPEN SHOWINGS Works in progress/informal showings - open to all attendees and local artists



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