Northwestern University

Tue 5:00 PM

Bodies in Motion: Mario LaMothe

From left to right: Téophilo Tattegrain, Hugues Dupiton and Makerson François in  Jean-René Delsoin’s Trilogie. Photo courtesy of Center Stage 2012.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, Kaplan Seminar Room, Kresge 2-351, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jennifer Britton   847.491.7294

Group: English Department

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Lectures & Meetings


“Giving Bodies: Dance, Memory, and Imagined Haitian Identities”

 This talk deals with recuperative performances of blackness in Haiti. Through ethnographic collaboration with Haitian choreographers Jean-René Delsoin and Jeanguy Saintus, Mario LaMothe draws from his arts management experience and documents how the artists dedouble or labor to decouple Haitianness from a collage of violent images that conflates “Voodoo” with Haiti’s Africanist tradition of Vodou. For this talk, “Voodoo” refers to malignant fantasies cultivated in the U.S. and abroad, and comprised of Haitian bodies deemed normatively deviant and off-kilter. Vodou fosters intergenerational transmission of knowledge among Haitians and their allies. Mario LaMothe is an alum of Northwestern’s Department of Performance Studies.

The Bodies in Motion speaker series is part of the Mellon Dance Studies in/and the Humanities Project

Co-Sponsored by: The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, The Program in American Studies, the Department of Art History, the Dance Program, Global Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies, the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Drama, and the Department of Performance Studies.

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