2016 Highlights

Friday, April 8, 2016

5:00-6:00 pm
The UCR Department of Dance’s Annual Schlundt Lecture:  "Excavating the 'Social' in Black Vernacular & Hip Hop-Era Dancing"
Featuring Cleis Abeni, author of “Improvisation in African-American Vernacular Dancing” and “The Social World of Vogueing," and transgender issues correspondent for The Advocate online.  In the lecture Cleis will emphasize that excavating how compositions embody the "social" (or, the ways that people dance through their sometimes difficult kinship with each other) leads to a different variety of meanings and effects than those gathered through an analysis of commercialized dancing.  (ARTS 166)

7:00-9:00 pm  
Film screening of Dope (2015), directed by Rick Famuyiwa.  A conversation about the film to follow screening with Rickerby Hinds (UCR Theater), Imani Kai Johnson (UCR Dance), and Desha Dauchan (UCI Film). (Culver Center, Screening Room)

Saturday April 9, 2016 8:45am 

Opening comments by conference founder and chair, Dr. Imani Kai Johnson, Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies, UC Riverside, Founder & Chair of Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference. (ARTS 166)

9:00am-10:20am Session I

 photo by Brandi pettijohn

photo by Brandi pettijohn

Master Class with DJ Lynnèe Denise, who will introduce"DJ Scholarship," a practice that shifts the role of the DJ as purveyor of party music to archivist and cultural worker who collects, preserves, and performs the history and music of marginalized communities and their movements.  Lynnèe  breaks down the creation of her project, Afro-Digital Migration:  House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa, which explores how house music took root in South Africa, and shared its national identity in defiance of and resistance to apartheid. (ARTS 166)

10:30am-12noon Session II

Screening:      Pick Up the Mic!—10 year anniversary of this groundbreaking documentary, dir. by Alex Hinton (INTS 1128)

1:10pm-2:10pm Session III

Plenary 1:      Hip Hop on Film:  Pick Up the Mic!—A discussion with the director Alex Hinton and guest artist, Deadlee, who is featured in the film.  Moderated by Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls Assistant Professor of English, St. John’s University.  (INTS 1128)

Plenary 2:     “Artists in the Academy”
Can the academy be a comfortable place for Hip Hop artists?  Should it be?  A discussion featuring Hip Hop artists and practitioners about their work and the strategies for its relationship to the academy.  Guests include b-boy and rocker Ken Swift (UC Riverside), DJ Lynnée Denise (Cal State LA), and visual artist Fritz Aragon (Urge Palette).  Discussion led by Rickerby Hinds, Professor and Playwright in the Department of Theatre, UC Riverside. (ARTS 166)

6:15pm-8:30pm  Evening Performances

Rickerby Hinds’ The Black Male Project, featuring solo works titled Look Daddy Sasquage: Legend of the Invisible Man; a solo excerpt from Raphael Xavier’s The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance; with a discussion led by Brandon J, Founder & Director of ENVY Dance Studio.  Reception to follow the discussion. (Culver Center for the Arts)



 Photo by rob northway

Photo by rob northway

Sunday, April 10, 2016 

(All sessions will be in ARTS 166)

9-10am  Master Class 2:   “Freestyle Rocking” with b-boy Ken Swift, Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance, UC Riverside 

12:40-1:45pm   Plenary 3:  “Hip Hop Academies, Undefined:  Careers in Education & Arts Activism”—A plenary discussion featuring guests working in communities through Hip Hop in a wide variety of ways.  Guests include Mazi Mutafa (Words, Beats & Life Inc.), Adisa Banjoko (Hip Hop Chess Federation), DJ Kuttin Kandi (A People's DJ Scholar), and Julio "Little Cesar" Rivas (Hip Hop School of the Arts).  Moderated by Dr. Fred Moten, Associate Professor of English, UCR.