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Research Seminar: Fenced In! Imagining Musical Whiteness on the American Western Frontier

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Marta Robertson (Gettysburg College, US)

Marta Robertson explores the iconic American ballet Appalachian Spring (1944) through the lens of Japanese American influences on the initial production, especially via the dancing of Yuriko [Kikuchi] and set design of Isamu Noguchi. Having been detained in American incarceration camps during World War II, Yuriko and Noguchi offer political and artistic perspectives on the frontier and Americana varying from those of choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland. Marta draws on primary sources at the Library of Congress and ongoing conversations with former detainees to establish the power of music and dance in the incarceration camps.

Location: https://york-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/91580062656?pwd=NklpY01zNE56T0hGdUtiaDJDK0FBZz09 Meeting ID: 915 8006 2656 Passcode: 840125