Welcome Event for Jack Gray

On February 5, the A/P/A Institute at NYU welcomed acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and scholar Jack Gray (Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahungunu) as its Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence. Aotearoa (New Zealand)-based Gray shared transnational dance projects that call attention to the value of Indigenous knowledges embedded within language, text, and physical embodiments, and the possibilities that the creative arts present for Indigenous empowerment. He introduced his perspective on collaborative research and “community activation,” which framed his semester-long residency.  Gray’s residency culminated with the Indigenous Dance Forum on April 21, 2016.

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