Dr. Adanna K. Jones will be introducing the audience to the wide variety of dance styles and cultures that are particular to Cuba. From the stage to the street, Cubans have maintained an amazing ability to use dance as a way to stay connected to both their past and future. Whether rooted in European or African traditions, dance remains an important form of expression throughout the island. So, join us in a lively discussion on the history and current state of dance in Cuba.
About Dr. Adana Kai Jones:
Adanna Kai Jones is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California-Riverside, and her BFA in Dance from Rutgers University. She has performed in professional dance companies based in NYC, including the “Julia Ritter Performance Group” and “Soul works” with Andrea E. Woods. Her research remains focused on Caribbean dance and identity politics within the Diaspora, paying particular focus to the rolling hip dance known as winin’. As a post-doc fellow at the University of Maryland, she expanded upon her latest research project, which uses multi-sited, transnational ethnography to track the ways in which Caribbean choreographers play an integral role in the support and preservation of contemporary Caribbean identity politics within the US. Her choreography and performances include “Wine & Tales” in Port of Spain, Trinidad, which was presented by New Waves! 2015 and the Dancing While Black Performance Lab; and “Remembering D’Angelo’s Untitled” in New York City at Field Studies 2018.
The pre-performance lecture takes place at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.
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