EYE ON DANCE educational video
Screening/Dance Performance/Panel discussion
NYU Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre/ 1 Washington Place
NYU Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program commissions a new dance inspired by EYE ON DANCE
February 11 at 6:30pm
“African American Footprints Leading to the Future”
A screening, discussion, and performance
In a novel twist, EYE ON DANCE (EOD), the television series that captured the stories of thousands of artists and was recently named an “Irreplaceable National Dance Treasure,” becomes the touchstone of new piece by choreographer Chafin Seymour. Program curators Celia Ipiotis and Julie Malnig designed the evening “African American Footprints Leading to the Future” to include the EOD screening, live dance performance and panel discussion.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the EOD episode (shot in 1981) features David Roussseve and Pat Hall Smith discussing an artist’s understanding of cultural and racial identity through family narratives and how the creative process re-routes lifelong
confrontations with racism. Moderated by EYE ON DANCE creator and producer, Celia Ipiotis, the program is peppered with performance excerpts by Rousseve and Smith.
NYU Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program commissioned Chafin Seymour to create a new work inspired by the issues raised in the EYE ON DANCE episode. Founder of seymour//dancecollective, modern dancer Seymour mines material from music,
literature, and pop culture.
Panel: The evening will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Celia Ipiotis featuring Chafin Seymour, David Roussève, and NYU professors Julie Malnig and Michael Dinwiddie.
Date: February 11 at 6:30pm
Location: The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts theater, 1 Washington Place, NY 10003
Gallatin professor and playwright and cultural historian of African American life.
Eye on Dance creator and producer professor of Choreography/Performance at UCLA’s World Arts and Culture Program
Gallatin professor, dance historian, and editor of Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader