Exploration of Spirituality and Storytelling in Dance

Saturday, March 2nd 2019, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709

As part of the weekend-long resiency around Akram Khan's XENOS, the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union will host an interactive session exploring spiritual and movement ideas. Liturgical dance artists Carla DeSola (CARe/GTU) and David McCauley (CalPerformances); kathak dancer, educator and choreographer Charlotte Moraga; and Dr. Michelle T. Summers (CARe/UC Berkeley, Dept. of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies) will lead the workshop.

This workshop is one of four events surrounding Khan's XENOS performance, held over the weekend of March 2-4. Registering for this event automatically enrolls you as a member of the cohort taking part in the following events:

Sunday, March 3, 3pm, Tilden Room, UC Berkeley | Meaning-Making in Dance: Methods for Interpreting Akram Khan’s XENOS
Sunday, March 3, 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley | XENOS performance (free for cohort participants)
Monday, March 4, 10:30am, Doug Adams Gallery | follow-up and celebration

All events are free of charge and open to CARe members, GTU students and friends

British (by Bangladeshi descent) dancer/choreographer Akram Khan is revered for physically demanding, visually spellbinding solo productions which combine Indian kathak with modern dance in works of sublime storytelling. Seen here in an exclusive West Coast engagement, XENOS is Khan's final solo creation before his planned retirement from solo performance. A powerful work that reveals the beauty and horrors of the human condition through the myth of Prometheus, it is told from the perspective of an Indian soldier recruited to fight in the trenches of World War I for the British Crown. "Xenos" means "stranger" or "alien" in Greek, and Khan's work bravely explores the soldier's alienation as he is trapped between two cultures in the colonial system. Performed with live musical accompaniment. "A work of incredible potency, of emotional and cultural depth that sings and surges with the confidence of an artist at the peak of his powers" (The Stage, London). More info: https://calperformances.org/performances/2018-19/dance/akram-khan-xenos.php

The Doug Adams Gallery is the primary exhibition space for the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union.