The TDPS Speaker Series presents Miguel Gutierrez | Does Abstraction Belong to White People?: Thinking the Politics of Race in Contemporary Dance

Performing Arts - Other | November 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Miguel Gutierrez, choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator, and advocate

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Latinx Research Center, Dance Studies Working Group, Performance and Art in Latinx America Working Group, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, Arts Research Center

In this artist talk, Gutierrez will reflect upon his experience as a queer Latinx choreographer in a dance landscape of whiteness, examining who and under what conditions can claim “abstraction” and the “avant-garde.” He will also discuss his latest projects, including "This Bridge Called My Ass," a piece that bends tropes of Latinidad to identify new relationships to content and form. A conversation with UC Berkeley Ph.D. Candidate Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz will follow the talk.

Miguel Gutierrez is a queer choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator and advocate who has lived in New York for over twenty years. He is fascinated by the time-based nature of performance and how it creates an ideal frame for phenomenological questions around presence, meaning-making and the complexity of interiority. He believes in an approach to art making that is fierce, fragile, empathetic, political, and irreverent. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Tides Foundation, among many others. His work has been presented in over 60 cities world-wide.

The TDPS Speaker Series is free and open to the public.