Call for Proposals

Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
School of Arts and Humanities / Dance Program

Cholula, Puebla, Mexico

August 7-12, 2016


Moving Interactions:  Dancing through In-Between Spaces



SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS EXPIRED

With Moving Interactions:  Dancing through In-Between Spaces as the theme, WDAA encourages broad investigations into the following sub-themes:

  • Dance Interacting with Political and Social Spaces:  Advocacy and Change
  • Dance Interacting with Community: Health and Wellbeing
  • Interactive Performance Methodologies:  The Body as a Site for Learning
  • Theorizing Dance: The Choreographic as Interactive
  • Dancing Across Borders: Opening Interactions between Cultures

Moving Interactions:  Dancing through In-Between Spaces seeks to raise questions of how dance, often thought of as representative of culture, negotiates and has negotiated interactions of bodies and spaces in ways that address the needs and the circumstances of the participants. In particular, focusing on the in-between engages not only locally specific interaction but also larger interactions across borders. Our hope is that the conference will lead to important conversations about the in-between spaces that emerge through danced interactions within the Americas.

Proposals can be submitted in English or Spanish within the following formats: scholarly papers, pecha kucha presentations, panel discussions, master classes, performances in diverse spaces, and choreolabs.

Interested individuals or groups may submit a maximum of two proposals in differing areas for the General Assembly. For example, an individual might propose both a paper presentation and a master class, but not two papers.

For questions concerning WDAA organizational structure and future plans, please contact our current WDAA president, Dr. Mary Jane Warner, at (mjwarner@yorku.ca).

DEADLINE: The deadline for all proposals is February 15, 2016.

In order to present in any of the formats at the conference, all participants must first become members of WDAA. No submissions will be reviewed until the applicant has become a member of WDAA. After December 1, 2015, all applicants will be able to access the Membership site at https://www.wda-americas.net/ . (The WDAA Website is currently under construction.)

Please note that the conference registration fees for those WDAA members currently residing in Mexico, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Central and South America have been waived.

Details about the various performance spaces and lecture halls at the conference site will be available on the WDAA website after January 15, 2016.

Performance Proposals

  • Accepted works will be performed once at locations determined by the WDAA Creation and Presentation Network (may be site specific or on diverse stage settings).       If the proposed choreography must be produced on stage or in a studio, the dance cannot exceed 12 minutes. Site specific dances may be longer as long as a clear explanation of procedures and audience expectations are provided. Details will be provided on the WDAA Website after January 15, 2016.
  • Proposals for performance of each choreographic work or of a representative work must be submitted on Youtube. If submitting representative work, please also provide a brief statement of 200 words or less (in English or Spanish) describing the proposed performance including length and number of performers.
  • Performance proposals must be accompanied by the following information in English or Spanish: each primary presenter's name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and a brief bio of no more than 150 words.
  • Proposals with links are due by February 15, 2016 and must be sent as a .doc or .docx       file via e-mail to Lourdes Pelaez (lpf11@hotmail.com).

Paper & Panel Proposals

All proposals may be submitted and delivered in English or Spanish. Individual scholarly presentations should be no more than 15 minutes with additional time available for questions and discussion. Groups of three or more individual presenters may propose a panel presentation of no more than 70 minutes total with additional time available for questions and discussion. There will be some translators available to help when moving between English and Spanish; however, these services cannot be guaranteed.

  • Individual presentation proposals should be no more than 250 words in length; panel proposals should be no more than 500 words.
  • Proposals must be accompanied by the following information: each presenter's name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and a brief bio of no more than 150 words.
  • Proposals are due by February 15, 2016 and must be sent as a .doc or .docx       file via e-mail to Linda Caldwell (lcaldwell2@twu.edu).

Pecha Kucha Presentations

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 20 slides are timed to be shown each for 20 seconds (no more than 7 minutes total). Scholars who have developed a strong research focus but are in the beginning processes of writing and presenting their research are encouraged to present in this format. This format is especially good for graduate students wanting to clarify research purpose statements and gather feedback and possible insights from other researchers.

Initial submissions are in the form of a 250-word abstract in either English or Spanish in which the topic, methodology, and importance of the research to the dance field is summarized.

  • Proposals must be accompanied by the following information: each presenter's name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and a brief bio of no more than 150 words in English or Spanish.
  • All proposal materials must be submitted electronically to Linda Caldwell (lcaldwell2@twu.edu) by February 15, 2016 as a .doc or .docx file.
  • If selected, more detailed instructions on the pecha kucha format will be provided on the WDAA website after January 15, 2016.

Master Class Proposals

Master classes provide conference participants a space to share with the expertise of selected teachers in terms of dance practice and dance making.

  • Master classes are 90 minutes in length.
  • Master class proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and can be submitted in English or Spanish. Please note that the General Assembly facilities cannot guarantee specialized equipment (mats, physio balls, etc.) for use in classes. Details about music technology will be provided at a later date.
  • Proposals must be accompanied by the following information: presenter's name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and a brief bio of no more than 150 words.
  • All proposal materials must be submitted electronically as a .doc or .docx file by February 15, 2016 to Sara Murdock (smurdock@ucla.edu).

Choreolabs

Choreographic labs (choreolabs) are intended to provide a forum for choreographers to set/reset a work on selected conference participants within three 2-hour daily rehearsals (auditions and first rehearsal on 8/8 with the final work or work-in-progress presented on August 11) in a space scheduled in consultation with the conference organizers. Each work should fall within a minimum of 3 minutes or a maximum of 10 minutes. Site specific presentations will be considered and may exceed the above time frame.

  • Proposals should include a description of the intended project in no more than 200 words. Further, each proposal must clearly state how the project can be accomplished in the limited time frame available or within a site specific environment.
  • Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish.
  • Each proposal must be accompanied by the following information: choreographer’s name, phone number, institutional affiliation (if appropriate), mailing address, e-mail address, and a bio of no more than 150 words.
  • A link to an online video of a work sample or the work to be reset (minimum of 3 minutes) must also be included.
  • All proposal materials must be submitted electronically as a .doc or .docx file by February 15, 2016 to Falon Baltzell (fbaltzell@hb.edu).