Spotlight Lecture: Tamara Williams on Dance and Diasporas

Virtual Event Hosted on Zoom
Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 PM

Spotlight Lecture: Tamara Williams on Dance and Diasporas

The Bechtler welcomes dancer and scholar Tamara Williams to present a lecture in conjunction with Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement. Williams has trained extensively in forms of Afro-Brazilian dance in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Salvador is shaped by some of Lina Bo Bardi’s most vanguard architectural work and is featured prominently in Isaac Julien’s film installation. In this lecture, Williams will draw on her personal experience as an artist and scholar to illustrate how these dance forms reach across cultures and continents. In this way, she will give the audience a lens to appreciate what scholars refer to as the African Diaspora (or Diasporas). 

Save the date: Visitors can see Williams and her dance company, Moving Spirits, live at the Bechtler on Wednesday, February 9, as part of the museum’s Wednesday Night Live series.

Get to know Tamara Williams

Tamara Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her forthcoming book, Giving Life to Movement (McFarland Publishing Co.), analyzes African-Brazilian dance histories and cultures. Her monograph, The African Diaspora and Civic Responsibility: Addressing Social Justice through the Arts, Education and Community Engagement, is currently under contract with Lexington Books. Williams’ research on African American Ring Shout traditions has been disseminated at several colleges and universities in the United States and Brazil. Her article, "Reviving Culture Through Ring Shout," was published in the scholarly journal, The Dancer-Citizen.

Williams' performing career includes work with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, David P. France Dance company, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Millicent and Company, Angela's Pulse, Maverick Dance Experience, and Urban Bush Women's apprentice company. Her choreography has been performed nationally and internationally, including Serbia, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Mexico, and Brazil. In 2011, Williams created Moving Spirits, Inc., a contemporary arts organization dedicated to performing, researching, documenting, cultivating, and producing arts of the African Diaspora. 

Time, Tickets, and Details

This virtual lecture is free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 26. Registrants will receive a link for the program in their confirmation email.

This Spotlight Lecture will take place on Zoom.

Tamara Williams on Dance and Diasporas