Fred Astaire’s Perfect Multiplicities

Come and explore the career and accomplishments of iconic dancer Fred Astaire! We will revel in Astaire’s singular artistry, and almost unrivaled dominant role in 20th-century American culture as the figure of debonair grace.  We will also analyze the multiple modern identities he performed, evaded and masked through his performances on screen with various partners. 

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Come and explore the career and accomplishments of iconic dancer Fred Astaire! We will revel in Astaire’s singular artistry, and almost unrivaled dominant... See more role in 20th-century American culture as the figure of debonair grace.  We will also analyze the multiple modern identities he performed, evaded and masked through his performances on screen with various partners. 

Astaire is clearly not an experimental dancer like Twyla Tharp or Pina Bausch, but he is surreal in the sense of surpassing the real. He is transcendent. When he dances a question proposes itself: what if a body moved like this through the world? But it is only a rhetorical, fantastical question, for no bodies move like Astaire, no, we only move like him in our dreams.

–Zadie Smith, Dance Lessons for Writers in The Guardian, Sat 29 Oct, 2016

Instructor: Selene Carter is assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University. She achieved her M.F.A. in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received the Ruth Page Award, Chicago’s highest honor in dance, as well as funding from city agencies and private foundations for her work in dance. As co-director of Chicago’s Links Hall, she created a forum for post-modern and experimental dance by producing workshops and performances in alternative dance and improvisation. She taught improvisation and dance studies at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, the University of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of the Arts. Selene is a certified teacher in the Bill Evans’ Laban Based Modern Dance Technique. At IU Bloomington she teaches dance improvisation, 20th century concert dance history, movement analysis, dance technique and dance making.



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Fee:  $45.00
  Must be 18 or older

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