On June 1 and 2 Configurations in Montreal: Performance Curation and Communities of Colour will be held at Concordia and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. While Configurations has convened twice before at Duke University, this is its first appearance in Canada.
“It’s a huge opportunity for Canadian and American performance curators, artists and scholars to share work, develop resources and build strategies for supporting performance in, for and by Black, Indigenous and communities of colour in Canada and the United States,” says Concordia alumna Jane Gabriels (PhD’15 Huma), co-producer of the event.
Gabriels, an independent curator working in Montreal and New York City, along with M.J. Thompson, assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Studies and Practice Art Education, and Angelique Willkie, assistant professor, Contemporary Dance, wrote the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to bring Configurations to Montreal in partnership with Duke University and University of Toronto and additionally to hold a year-long series of events focused on critical dance studies.
Configurations in Montreal is curated by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Chair of African and African American Studies and Professor of Dance and Theater Studies at Duke University, and Seika Boye, Lecturer at the Institute for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Director of Institute for Dance Studies at the University of the Toronto.
Over the course of the next two weeks leading up to the two-day event, we will interview the curators and co-producers of the event.