The UW–Madison Division of the Arts will welcome Michele Byrd-McPhee as the Fall 2020 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. During her residency, Byrd-McPhee will continue working on avenues of growth and sustainability for the Hip-Hop community. In the course “Hip-Hop Culture, Women & the World,” students will examine the roots of Hip-Hop culture and its current place as a global phenomenon with a specific focus on the history, contributions, and experiences of women in Hip-Hop.
The Fall 2020 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland Jr. as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) & First Wave Learning Community, The Studio Creative Arts Community, Art Department, and Barrio Dance along with other campus and community supporters
Michele Byrd-McPhee is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer, curator, and director. Growing up during the emergence of Hip-Hop culture, she embraced street dance and has danced in nightclubs and in music videos, and has battled in the club scene.
Byrd-McPhee is the director of the annual Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival. She also lends her experience and knowledge to help artists develop their own projects, as well as working on avenues of growth and sustainability for the Hip-Hop community.
Hip-Hop Culture, Women & the World: A Movement & Lecture Course
Course: Integrated Arts 310/610
Course Number: 72310/72332
Day/Time: Wednesdays / 2:15–4:05 p.m. Wednesdays will be synchronous (required time), and the rest of the course will be online.
Credits: 3 | Counts toward technique requirements for Dance majors
Location: B101 Lathrop Hall (1050 University Avenue) | Will be offered remotely if necessary
Limit: 20 students across any discipline.
Prereq: None. No dance training is necessary.
Description: Students will examine the roots of Hip-Hop culture and its current place as a global phenomenon with a specific focus on the history, contributions, and experiences of women in Hip-Hop. This course is a combination of movement and lecture.
The course will explore race, class, gender, sexuality, and politics through the lens of Hip-Hop culture. Students will engage with artists using visual art, spoken word, music, dance, and technology. This course will debunk perceptions and question students’ understanding of Hip-Hop culture. It will provide an introduction to the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of Hip-Hop dance.
Guest artists include dancer, dance educator, and scholar LaTasha Barnes; spoken word and recording artist Ursula Rucker; and visual artist and graphic designer Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson.
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