UW News

May 19, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Rage by B. Dance, MFA Dance Concert, and More

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and the greater community, together online. 

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Reading Jewish Texts in an Age of Climate Change

May 25 & 27, 4:00 PM | Online

In the 2021 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies presented by the Stroum Center for Jewish StudiesJulia Watts Belser, associate professor of Jewish studies at Georgetown University, will use classic rabbinic Jewish texts on political violence, imperialism, and disaster to grapple with pressing contemporary questions about climate change and environmental justice in two lectures, “Grappling with Risk, Reimagining Hope” on May 25 and “The Afterlives of Noah’s Ark – Gender, Disability & the Politics of Survival” on May 27.

Bringing disability studies and activism into conversation with queer and feminist theory, these talks will examine how ancient Jewish stories invite us to tangle with grief, confront vulnerability, and re-imagine possibilities for communal survival.

Rage by B. Dance

May 26 – 30 | Online

B.DANCE is invited by the Taiwan Studies Program to virtually present its production, Rage, from May 26 – 30. To kick off the multi-day event, an interview with choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 7pm Pacific Time.

Founded in 2014 and led by Artistic Director & Choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai, B.DANCE is an emerging Taiwanese contemporary dance company. Rage premiered at the Concert Hall of Taipei National University of the Arts in 2018 and is inspired by the eponymous crime novel by the Japanese writer Yoshida Shuichi and the film directed by Lee Sang-il. Beyond an apparent serenity, this creation exposes the violence and anger of our society. By exploring the depths of the human soul, Po-Cheng Tsai reflects on the ability to face and adopt current societal tribulations. Through beauty and fluidity, the bodies convey a narrative of desolation and loneliness. 

MFA Dance Concert

May 28 – June 13 | Online

Presented by the Department of Dance, the MFA Dance Concert will be streaming online & free on your own time between May 28- June 13, 2021.

While following COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines means that UW Dance concerts will look different this year, our faculty and students have been no less active in creating new work. We’re thrilled to be able to share this work with you directly to your living room! 

A Refugee Critique of Representations: On Criticality and Creativity
May 28, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Online

The Southeast Asia Center, Department of American Ethnic Studies, and Japan Studies Program will host Lan Duong, Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012). Dr. Duong’s second book project, Transnational Vietnamese Cinemas and the Archives of Memory, examines Vietnamese cinema from its inception to the present day. She has coedited an anthology called Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art (University of Washington Press, 2013). A founding member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective, Duong serves as coeditor for the UC Press book series on Critical Refugee Studies and www.criticalrefugeestudies.com.

MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition
May 29 – June 27 | Online 

Each year, the Henry Art Gallery presents the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. Throughout their programs, fine arts and design students work with advisers and other artists to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, discuss critical issues, and emerge with a vision and direction for their own work. The 2021 presentation of this exhibition will include work by both 2020 and 2021 graduating students.

Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.