The Lunchbox Series: Virtual Discussion for Relevant Dance

NC State Dance Program Lunchbox Series

Share your lunch hour with the Dance Program and esteemed guests as we discuss vibrant topics within the dance industry. These virtual conversations are free and open to all.

March 31, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

The Against the Railing Immigration Project with Tara Mullins

Tara Mullins first choreographed Against the Railing in 2007. At the time, it was about her grandmother’s journey from Sicily to New York in the early 1900s. Her grandmother left behind her parents and worked on the factory lines to make a better life for her children. With the current conversations about immigration, Mullins decided to expand the piece to include more sections, as well as filmed immigration stories from NC State faculty, staff and students. The inspiration for these videos came from Minnesota’s Immigrant Stories. These interviews became a stand alone project. In this discussion you will watch some of the interviews and Mullins will discuss the process, and her hopes for the future of the project.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Close Date/Time: March 31 – 10 a.m.

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April 7, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

The Hierarchy of Curricula within University Dance Departments with Christal Brown, Robin Gee, Francine Ott, and Clarice Young

Does university dance curricula force every dancing body into one system, or does it adjust to allow dancers to be adaptable thoughtful movers? How does prioritizing hierarchy within the overall structure of a university affect dance departments? Join faculty members and professional artists Christal Brown, Robin Gee, Francine Ott, and Clarice Young in a conversation about the hierarchy of dance practice within their own college educations, as well as within the departments in which they currently work. They will consider what has changed and what has not. The panel will also discuss how this is reflected in the professional dance field.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Close Date/Time: April 7, 10 a.m.

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April 14, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Arts, Activism and Public Health with Nancy Epstein and Clara Pinsky

Community-based arts have long exposed and addressed root causes of ill health, such as poverty, social inequality and structural racism, and provided creative strategies for protest, resistance, and change. In today’s world, they are more vital than ever for promoting public health.  Join Professor Nancy Epstein of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel graduate student Clara Pinsky for a discussion of their work in the growing field of arts in public health. Learn about how Drexel is pioneering a new, interdisciplinary graduate minor in arts and health, hear innovative project examples from the field of community-based dance, and join in reflection on how artists can play an essential role in promoting public health, social justice, and equity.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Close Date/Time: April 14, 10 a.m.

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April 21, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Creative Process: Designing For Dance with Adrienne McKenzie and Joshua Reaves

Tara Mullins will facilitate a discussion with costume designer Adrienne McKenzie, and lighting designer and director of University Theatre, Joshua Reaves, around the creative process of designing for dance. How do these designers get their ideas? How do they work with choreographers to tell the story of the dance? How do they regroup when something isn’t working? How is it different than designing for other types of theatrical productions?

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Close Date/Time: April 21, 10 a.m.

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April 28, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Students In Response – The Election and Political Climate

This virtual roundtable will center around student artists within the dance community at NC State. Presenters will discuss the election of 2020 and the artistic projects they created that helped them to express their viewpoints. 

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Close Date/Time: April 28, 10 a.m.

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