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DANCE STUDIES LECTURE: Footwork! Bodily Discourses of Dissent at the New Orleans Second Line
NOV 10 at 5-6:30PM | ROOM 125, MEMORIAL HALL | FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | RSVP REQUESTED TO RCARRICO@STANFORD.EDU
Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies presents a lecture from Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies in/and the Humanities Rachel Carrico.
On most Sundays in New Orleans, you can find a second line parade winding through one of the city’s African American neighborhoods. Since the late-nineteenth century, black New Orleanians have staged these grassroots processions, attracting thousands of residents to dance behind a brass band for hours on end. Second liners move their feet in time with complex rhythms, climb atop buildings and leap over one another, all while following the parade’s multi-mile route.
In this talk, Carrico will share her research on the second line’s rich dance tradition, proposing that second lining can be productively considered as a bodily discourse of dissent. For citizens who have been historically barred from mainstream discourses, dance can be harnessed as a vehicle for articulating radical worldviews about citizenship, white supremacy, and patriarchy. This talk examines second liners’ dissenting discourses in danced movements and in choreographic uses of the cityscape.
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About Rachel Carrico. Rachel Carrico holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California–Riverside and an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU. Her research explores the aesthetic, political, and social histories of second lining, an African diaspora dance form rooted in New Orleans's black parading traditions. Carrico's scholarship has been published in TDR: The Drama Review, awarded the Society of Dance History Scholars' Selma Jeanne Cohen Award, and supported by grants from such entities as the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Program, the UC Center for New Racial Studies, and the Center for Gulf South Research at Tulane University. Also a practitioner, Carrico recently completed the Limón Institute's teacher training. In 2008, she co-founded Goat in the Road Productions in New Orleans, with whom she has directed two international artist residencies and launched Play/Write, a youth playwriting festival, in New Orleans schools. Carrico is also a contributor to New Orleans's Data News Weekly and a consultant for the forthcoming documentary film, Buckumpin', on New Orleans vernacular dance. She parades annually with the Ice Divas Social and Pleasure Club.
The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.