Sweet Home Chicago

Howdy, Chicago!

Yesterday I arrived for a month of archive exploration at the Newberry Library as the John S. Aubrey Fellow. On Tuesday I begin my dive into the papers of dance champion, collector, and critic Ann Barzel for an article (perhaps a book?) on her contributions to the character of dance in Chicago.

In the meantime, thank you to the city for greeting me with such fantastic weather in which I could wonder and wander! Urban Renewal Brewing, Kanela Breakfast Club (thank you, Violet!), and Simon’s Tavern have my heart (and stomach) … Here’s to a month of discovery!

Clark and Winona. Andersonville. Chicago. Photo by Jessica Ray Herzogenrath, 5 May 2019.

News from the Newberry

I have the privilege of announcing that for 2018-2019 I will hold the John S. Aubrey Fellowship from the Newberry Library (Chicago). During my month in residence I will dive into the (rather copious) records of Ann Barzel towards an essay tentatively titled: “The Doyenne of Chicago Dance: Ann Barzel as Champion, Collector, and Critic”.

Many thanks to Judith Hamera, Harold C. Livesay, and Susan Manning for their support of my pursuit of this project!

Click here for the press release as shared by the American Studies Association.




Sam Houston State University Dance Does the Nelken-Line

Over the past year, the Pina Bausch Foundation has called for dancers and Pina Bausch fans worldwide to record and share their interpretations of the Nelken-Line. The line comprises a section from Bausch’s 1982 piece Nelken (“carnations” in English) in which dancers walked single-file across the stage through hundreds of pink carnations performing a series of gestures that depict the four seasons. All contributions will go into an archive managed by the foundation, evidence of Bausch’s legacy.

The spring 2018 Dance History class learned, performed, and submitted our Nelken-Line in May, sharing a bit of Sam Houston State with the world.

Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) – Dance History Spring 2018 from Pina Bausch Foundation on Vimeo.