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Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp Inciting Change: Dance, Activism and Social Justice

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6–8 pm | Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

Explore the role of activism in art with artist-educator Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp. Together we will trace the history of socially-engaged art as a practice in this discussion and workshop that examines the interwoven nature of dance and social justice.

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Rebecca Rice | Growing up with a Lineage of Modern Dance History

Monday April 24, 2017 | 6–8 pm

Many dancers of today have been influenced by contemporary pioneers of the past, but few have a direct lineage with dancers of those pioneers. The youngest of five professional dance artists, choreographer Rebecca Rice hosts a discussion sharing her unique family history through stories, videos and photography. Her family, including her grandmother, Marion Rice—a Denishawn dancer and long term student of Ted Shawn and Ruth St Denis, her aunt, Carolyn Brown—twenty years lead dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, her mother—a performer/educator and student of Consuelo Atlas of the Ailey Company and her sister Robin, all performed and danced together. Rebecca discusses how this family experience influenced her creative voice as a professional dance artist.

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Marsha Parrilla | Gender Perspectives

Monday, January 30, 2017 | 6–8 pm

Director of Danza Organica and founder of We Create, annual festival that showcases work of self-identified women, Marsha Parrilla hosts a discussion on gender perspectives and ways that choreographers dancers tackle gender issues through dance and performance. Marsha will also share her findings of the lessons she learned from interviewing ten prominent choreographers in the Boston and NYC area.

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World-Renowned Choreographer Itzik Galili

Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 3–5 pm | Black Box Theatre at the BCA

Boston Center for the Arts hosts world-renowned choreographer Itzik Galili for a special session of Martha’s Salon. In conversation with Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance, Galili will share highlights from his remarkable career including commissions from Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballets Jazz Montreal, Batsheva Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, knighthood for his contribution to Dutch Arts & Culture, and his cultural experience as an Israeli dance maker throughout the world.

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Kay Bourne & Adrienne Hawkins | History of Black Dance in Boston

Monday October 24, 2016 | 6–8 pm

Kay Bourne & Adrienne Hawkins will share glimpses into the history of African-American and Black dancers who have lived, presently live, and came through Boston over decades and their connection to dance in Boston today. From Doris Jones, DC transplant, to Talley Beatty choreographer for Alvin Ailey and a pioneer in the use of Horton Technique, to Keith Saunders Artistic Director of Dance Theater of Harlem, to Carlton Jones assistant to Paula Abdul and dancer in many of Janet Jackson’s videos. Kay & Adrienne will discuss the history of theses dancers, their influence throughout the world and their legacy with the companies, dancers, and teachers who have followed and continued their love of dance in the city of Boston.

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