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Lecture: FUNKY CHARISMA in David Dorfman's PROPHETS OF FUNK with Kate Speer '08
Start Date: 2/23/2015Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Date: 2/23/2015End Time: 11:20 AM

Event Description:

Following up to David Dorfman's PROPHETS OF FUNK concert on 2/20 in the LPAC Pearson-Hall Theater, Kate Speer '08 will lecture about the work of David Dorfman and the music of Sly and the Family Stone.

A PERsentation that presents an inside reading of David Dorfman's PROPHETS OF FUNK, revealing how the work positions Funk composer and musician Sly Stewart as a charismatic prophet and transfers that charisma to the audience. By using the rhythms of Funk, Dorfman and the cast draw upon Pentecostal practices of testifying and transcendence, which are modes of receiving God on a personal level. Additionally, the work suggests that if charisma can be caught, like catching the spirit in Pentecostal worship, then there is the possibility for the audience to leave the theatre with their own charisma. Thus, this dance serves as an example for activists and artists alike that charisma is a potent and palatable method to shift their audience’s perspective so that it is in line with their message and to potentially ignite social change.

Kate Speer '08 says of herself:

"I am a dance artist who relishes a good beat that sends my sweaty, exhausted body into motion, who choreographs huge landscapes that crescendo into mountains and dissolve into streams, and who writes in order to open my mind to the body's subtle, hidden meanings.
Within the discipline of dance, I identify as a scholartist, a term that evokes a synthesis of choreography, performance, and scholarship. As a choreographer, I live at the intersection of social activism and artistic production by merging theatrical storytelling with athletic, momentum-based movement in order to engage the audience’s visceral and emotional capacities."

Part of the RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND HUMANISM series.
LANG MUSIC 204
10:30AM

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Music Building
Contact Information:
Name: Publicity Admin.
Phone: 610-328-8260
Email: lpacevents@swarthmore.edu
Event Sponsors
The Departments of Music and Dance, Theater, Black Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and the William J. Cooper Foundation
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The Public
Additional Information
Free and open to the public without reservation. Seating is first come, first served. Space is limited.

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