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The Untold Story of Dance from the Dawn of Time Until This Evening by Josep...
Tue 16 February 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
A wide-ranging and well-illustrated presentation, first given at the Institute of Ecotechnics Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joseph Houseal’s talk looks at the origins of dance and how East and West cultivated their own particular dance characteristics even as they exchanged ideas and forms along the way. Today’s cultural climate highlights the need to prioritise endangered dances and the societies they represent by affording them a real place in contemporary society.
Joseph Houseal is the Director of Core of Culture, a non-profit service organisation educating people and practitioners about disappearing cultural heritage. Core of Culture specializes in safeguarding ancient dance traditions, and researching their origins. Houseal has overseen dance preservation and research projects in Japan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Bhutan. Bringing the “message from the mountains” has always been part of Core of Culture’s advocacy in connecting his work to audiences and supporters in the West. He is director of the Ballet Society app project and has recently completed a research fellowship at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. His column Ancient Dances appears in The Buddhist Door ( www.buddhistdoor.net ) Houseal is a contributor to Ballet Review, New York, and a 2016 grantee of the Asian Cultural Council, New York.
Please note that this event will take place on the second floor of the Gallery, accessible by stairs only.