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Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Awareness & Prevention in the Performing Arts Event

  • Harkinson Rehearsal Hall, Earl V. Moore Building Ann Arbor, MI, 48109 United States (map)
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

Earl V. Moore Building


The U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Faculty & Staff Allies Network* invites you to a panel and performance event. This event is a step towards culture change around sexual and gender-based misconduct within the performing arts. By raising awareness of these issues we aim to affirm our commitment to safety and inclusivity in our community. Please join us as we work together towards improving communication and instituting transparency.

This event is informed by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering & Medicine.

Free Admission. Registration recommended through Eventbrite

The event will convene as a panel discussion with Q&A, followed by a 15 min break, and then a set of performances.  The public is welcome to attend one or both portions of the event

Panel: 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Laura Fisher - Co-Founder of #NotInOurHouse

Eun Lee - Founder of The Dream Unfinished

Amy O'Neal - Activist and choreographer of Opposing Forces

Kaaren Williamsen (moderator & panelist) - Director of the U-M Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center SAPAC

Performance: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Colleen Bernstein, SMTD MM Student, Percussion Performance and Chamber Music - Strength & Sensitivity 

Carla Dirlikov Canales, mezzo-soprano, SMTD BM `02, Founder of the Canales Project - Hear Her Song

Nicole Reehorst, SMTD MFA Student, Dance Bio

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  • Power Center for the Performing Arts Ann Arbor USA (map)
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University of Michigan Department of Dance

Power Center for the Performing Arts— February 7-10, 2019

I am performing in Studio A, will you die with me? conceived and directed by Detroit-based choreographer and dance artist, Jennifer Harge.

The Department of Dance’s annual concert, Complex Rhythms, features the re-staging of a noted twentieth-century masterpiece and three new creations. Shelter, created in 1988 by Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, is an unsentimental commentary about homelessness and disenfranchisement. The New York Times wrote, “[Shelter] is so filled with compassion and anger that it becomes a powerful incantation against the evils of obliviousness and neglect.” Alumna Jennifer Harge, artistic director of Detroit’s Harge Dance Stories, is a performer who uses the body to tell stories. She was recently honored as a Visual Arts Fellow by Kresge Arts in Detroit. Harge’s work lies at the intersection of movement, performance art, African-American culture, and choreographies of protest. In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, faculty member Bill DeYoung sets a new work to Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs (1955). Robin Wilson will create a new work inspired by her upcoming trip to Cuba in May.

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