Dance, Media Arts Departments at the University of the Arts Partner to Present Collaborative Lectures

Renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and choreographer / author / educator Thomas F. DeFrantz to speak on campus February 16

February 14, 2011

The Dance and Media Arts departments at the University of the Arts will present two dance-themed lectures on Wednesday, February 16, featuring renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and choreographer/author/educator Thomas F. DeFrantz.

Greenfield, whose iconic images of dancers frozen in time and space have been widely published and have appeared in many prestigious exhibitions, will talk about spending the last 25 years of her photographic career investigating movement and its expressive potential. Greenfield will follow her lecture with a photo shoot of Dance students under the direction of Assistant Professor of Modern Dance Brian Sanders. After the shoot, she will demonstrate her editing approach to Photography students.

Part of the 2011 Paradigm Lecture Series presented by the Media Arts department, "Suspended in Time: The Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield" is co-sponsored by the Dance department and will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in CBS Auditorium in Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad Street).

DeFrantz (will speak as part of the Dance department's Knowing Dance More series, which seeks to bring into focus current issues in the production, performance and discussion of dance works. His presentation, "Continuously Rich: Legacies of Black Women in American Dance," will trace some genealogies of black women's presence in American dance to underscore the prodigious potentials that these artists have enabled for us all.

The award-winning author of Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004) will present his lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium on the 8th floor of Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street).

Above: Left: Sierra Ring & Jamar Goodman (© 2006 Lois Greenfield); center: New York City Ballet dancer (© 2008 Lois Greenfield); right: Natalia Alonzo and Nicholas Villeneuve (© 2008 Lois Greenfield).

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