Meaning in Motion: Modernism, Literature, and Dance: Presentation and Q&A by Professor of English Rishona Zimring and India Roper-Moyes ’20

Meaning in Motion: Modernism, Literature, and Dance Presented by Professor of English Rishona Zimring and India Roper-Moyes ’20 Dance is everywhere in modernist art, on the surface or just behind the scenes. One of modernist poetry’s most famous lines is Yeats’ “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” Matisse paints bodies circling together in vibrant abstraction; Joyce stages spectacular, frenzied waltzes and minuets in the “Nighttown” section of Ulysses; Woolf describes how a painter’s brush dances to the rhythm of deep emotions. We can also think of encountering modernist art, at its most experimental, as a physical feeling of whirling and fragmentation. Where do these inspirations come from? And what are their legacies for us? This presentation, followed by Q & A, will include a short film made during the pandemic, by India Roper-Moyes (class of 2020), exploring how choreographic expression can communicate powerfully a profound engagement with modernist literature, especially under conditions of physical and social isolation. Watch the presentation below: Learn more about Professor Rishona Zimring here. Learn more about India Roper-Moyes here.  For questions about this event, please email Caroline Mead at cmead@lclark.edu.