The Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Asian American Studies Program with Associate Professor Peggy Choy as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Dance Department, the Mead Witter School of Music, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Ben Barson is a composer, baritone saxophonist, historian, educator, and political activist, whose research and compositional practices interrogate the interfaces of the jazz idiom’s Afro-diasporic, American Indigenous, and Asian American influences. Composer and saxophonist Fred Ho was his mentor.
Gizelxanath Rodriguez is an internationally renowned vocalist, educator, and Indigenous rights and ecological justice activist.
Together, Barson and Rodriguez co-founded the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, an ensemble that combines Afro-Asian musical and political affinities with inspiration from the music of the Yaqui of northern Mexico. Barson and Rodriguez work to incorporate voices of regional and indigenous communities in the creation of their boundary pushing interdisciplinary works.
Artivism: Intercultural Solidarity & Decolonizing Performance
Course: Integrated Arts 310/610
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday | 3:30-5:10 pm
Location: 510 Lathrop Hall
Credits: 3 | Prereq: None
Description: This course will investigate the theory, practice, multidisciplinary and intercultural concepts connected with the recent jazz opera, Mirror Butterfly: The Migrant Liberation Movement Suite. The work is highly interdisciplinary, rooted in theories of history and social change, and above all, is modular in structure and scope. The intention is to grow from the intersection of local knowledge and local creativity where it is staged and re-interpreted. This course will guide and inspire students to participate in the construction of a new performance module of Mirror Butterfly.
The course objective is that students leave with an expanded vision of how art can bring marginalized communities together to articulate a concrete and actionable plan for change in their communities and in the world at-large. Students will experience how dialogic art can be life-altering, in its communal generation and re-creation.
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