Davies Forum Lecture

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Vallee, Andie S
College of Arts and Sciences

Dances with Zombies: Michael Jackson, Thriller, and Moving Work
A Lecture by Judith Hamera

Dances with Zombies centers around "Thrill Day" (October 25), which reminds us that Michael Jackson may be dead but he hasn't actually gone away. "Thrill Day" is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of his landmark Thriller; the dance, like its zombie chorines and Jackson himself, are not resting in peace.  Jackson's dancing, too often dismissed by critics, and Thriller in particular, offer valuable insights into how dance works rhetorically, affectively, and socially. This presentation examines Michael Jackson and Thriller as underappreciated cultural actors in our current political economic moment.

Judith Hamera is Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.  She is the author or editor of five books, including the award-winning Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference and Connection in the Global City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007/2011).  She has published on Michael Jackson's dancing in PMLA and is currently completing a book for Oxford University Press entitled "Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization.”

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more info please visit: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/daviesforum/

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