Our Work with Colleges

 

 

 

With Wideman/Davis, college students learn performance, choreography, and related research from the perspectives of professional artists who have created work around the country and toured around the world.

Wideman/Davis Dance is in residence in the department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina. Since 2010, the company has presented annual performances at USC. With support from USC, Wideman/Davis Dance completed numerous dances, including: Balance, a work that examines homelessness in a non-urban community, like Columbia, SC; Fragmentation, a plotless dance work with beautiful movement that explores dance technology; and Voypas, which explores the thin line between observation, surveillance and voyeurism.

 

 

We have invited select advanced students to apprentice with the company, providing these emerging artists with the opportunity to experience performance and choreography, as reflected through our artistic vision and lineage.
Through our research and through projects such as past-carry-forward, the academic community can explore the connections between historical events and life today, as interpreted through an African American lens. Inspired by the writings of W. E. B. Du Bois, and based on our research of the Great Migration to the Harlem Renaissance, past-carry-forward poses an important and timely question: If the “veil” of racism could be lifted—in the 1920s, and maybe even today—what intimate truths could we learn about each other and the magnificent offerings of our creative humanity? As artists and academicians, we pursue related areas of research on hegemonic social constructs, particularly gender, race, and class. Read bios and research for Tanya and Thaddeus.

Wideman/Davis Dance designs—and delivers—residencies that have lasting impact for college campuses and their surrounding communities. Whether lectures, talks, or panels, our discourse and artistic work can integrate the lens of dance into courses dealing with social structures, such as:

  • Body, gender, and sexuality courses
  • Courses dealing with privilege, social identity, and structures of power
  • Visual critical studies (the study of visual culture through the lens of dance)
  • Politics of class and race in dance
  • Gendered ritual behaviors in dance

Particularly if they occur in conjunction with a performance, residencies and lectures can align with courses in African American studies such as:

  • Politics of Black popular culture
  • Performing memory
  • Unsettling whiteness through performance

Read stories about our impact and view the list of our past residency partners.