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Break/ing Ground Simul-cast and Webcast

Can’t make it to the March 15th Break/ing Ground event?

No sweat, Break/ing Ground can make it to you.

To watch the performance-symposium in real time (4:30-6:30 pm PT), follow this link: mms://

Mac-oriented web viewers, make sure you have the Flip4Mac WMV player installed if you want to watch! You can download the necessary free software here:

For those of you tied up on the 15th but still eager to watch what Drs. Fred Moten, Thomas DeFrantz, and TDPS alumnus-respondent Dr. Ariel Osterweis have in store, check back here after the event to watch the Break/ing Ground webcast.


Get your Working Group On


In preparation for the Berkeley campus visit of Drs. Fred Moten and Thomas DeFrantz, the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies invites all interested UC graduate students to participate in the…

“Break/ing Ground” Multi-field Working Group
13 March 2012, 5 – 7 pm
126 Dwinelle Annex

The TDPS annual Speaker Series invites working groups across multiple disciplines (Dance Studies, New Media Studies, Sound Studies, African American Literature Studies, and Critical Theory, etc.) to discuss key readings by our featured scholar-performers, Drs. Thomas Defrantz and Fred Moten, in preparation for their lecture-performance on Thursday, March 15. TDPS graduate students, Sima Belmar and Omar Ricks, will lead a multidisciplinary discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Reading selections include:

  • “The Resistence of the Object” and “Visible Music” from Moten’s In the Break
  • Essays by DeFrantz include “The Black Beat Made Visible: Hip Hop Dance and Body Power,” from  OF THE PRESENCE OF THE BODY, ed. by Andre Lepecki, and “Composite Bodies of Dance: The Repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” from Theatre Journal 57.4 (December 05)

Finally, Jared Sexton’s October 2011 talk at Berkeley, “People-of-Color-Blindness,”  is currently up on UC Berkeley’s YouTube channel at the following URL:

Sexton’s talk both dialogues wonderfully with both Moten and DeFrantz’s work and might be an interesting touch point during the meeting.




Spread the Word: Break/ing Ground — 15 March 2012

15 March 2012: 4:30-6:30 pm Banatao Auditorium (doors open at 4)

Mark your calendars: Fred Moten x Thomas DeFrantz

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies welcomes you to join Dr. Thomas DeFrantz and Dr. Fred Moten in a groundbreaking performance-symposium, engaging critical dialogues in sound and motion in the context of black performance tradition.Dr. DeFrantz (Duke University, Dance and African-American Studies) is author of Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture. He is Founding Artistic Director of SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, a multi-disciplinary arts collective.Dr. Fred Moten (Duke University, English) is a renowned poet and scholar, and author of B Jenkins and In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Doors: 4PM Show: 4:30PM
FREE and open to the public.
Limited seating – please arrive early.

We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors:

Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
College of Letters and Science
Doreen B. Townsend Center for Humanities
Dr. Catherine Cole
Berkeley Center for New Media
Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, The Graduate Assembly
Department of Music
Department of African-American Studies
Center for Race and Gender
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair
Dance Studies Working Group
New Media Working Group
Graduate Assembly