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Look Back, Dance Forward

  • Date & Time
    • Monday, November 10, 2014 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 4:00pm to 5:30pm
    • Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:30pm to 4:45pm

      Center for African Studies, Grinter Hall, Room 404

    • Friday, November 14, 2014 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    Look Back, Dance Forward, presented by the Center for World Arts, is a weeklong series of talks, informal performances, discussions and workshops designed to examine how individual artistic expression (re)builds self and society, featuring choreographers and theater makers Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Panaibra Gabriel Canda (Mozambique), and composer and guitarist Jorge Domingos (Mozambique).

    The artists of Look Back, Dance Forward beckon us to move forward towards our shared future, hastened by the heart, and inspired by the imagination. “But that’s not my world,” some may think, oblivious to the west’s complicity in African realities, past and present. However, in unexpected moments during UF's week of encounter, creative process, and discussion with these artists, we will come to know the human experience anew and stand together in the reflection of history.

    Schedule of Events

    Monday, Nov. 10 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
    McGuire Theatre & Dance Pavilion, G-6 Studio 
    UnShowing and workshop for dancers, choreographers, actors and directors featuring Linyekula and Canda: Shaping the Individual Voice through the Body

    Wednesday, Nov. 12 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. 
    McGuire Theatre & Dance Pavilion, G-6 Studio 
    Open class demonstration and excerpts from Canda’s work Time and Spaces: Marrabenta Solos. Accompanied by guitarist Domingos, Canda dances and speaks about the contemporary African body that has absorbed the elements of colonialism, nationalism, modernity, and freedom of expression.

    Thursday, Nov. 13 | 3:30-4:45 p.m. 
    Center for African Studies, Grinter Hall, Room 404
    Talk by Linyekula, 2014 winner of the CurryStone Design Award: The Art of Development in Post-Conflict Zones: Studios Kabako’s ‘Acupuncture’ of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo

    *Friday, Nov. 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. (culminating event)
    McGuire Theatre & Dance Pavilion, G-6 Studio 
    Choreographers and Theater Makers Faustin Linyekula and Panaibra Gabriel Canda with Musician Jorge Domingos: from Falling Down to Standing Up/Congo/Mozambique: Performance demonstration and discussion of the role of the individual artist in rethinking and (re)building society.

    Throughout the week, the artists will also offer workshops to UF's pre-professional performing artists—choreographers, actors, singers, and instrumentalists—in the School of Theatre + Dance and the School of Music.

    For More Information

    Contact Dr. Joan Frosch, Director, UF Center for World Arts, at or 352-514-1100

    Special thanks to: UF International Center & Fine Arts Scholarship Enhancement Fund

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  • Venue
    Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion
    Room #
    G-6 Studio
    1800 McCarty Dr Gainesville
    FL 32611
    (352) 273-0500
    Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion Website