MOVIENDO LA FRONTERA:
DANCING THROUGH / IN-BETWEEN BORDERS
February 13-17, 2019
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Department of Theatre and Dance
Activities will feature scholarly papers, pecha kucha presentations, panel discussions, master classes, choreolabs, and performances in differing venues.
WDAA encourages broad investigations into the following sub-themes, which address the border as a political, somatic, creative, activist, educational site of learning and community building:
- 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
WDA-Americas aspires to provide attendees with disabilities appropriate accommodations in order to provide equal access to Assembly event opportunities. If any attendee needs access accommodations related to a disability, please have them complete the WDA-Americas Assembly – Access Accommodation Request Form.
About The University of Texas at El Paso
Nestled in the Franklin Mountains and straddling the U.S-Mexico border, The University of Texas at El Paso is forging dramatic new directions in higher education. UTEP has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. It is this dedication to providing access and excellence to students in its region that has resulted in UTEP becoming the only research doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican- American majority student population.
A Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university enrolling 23,922 students, UTEP is a member of The University of Texas System. It serves its primary constituency–residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico—with 72 undergraduate programs, 74 master’s programs, 21 doctoral degree programs, and a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 80% Hispanic student population— and an additional 5% from Mexico—UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the binational region from which it draws 90% of its students. The University employs approximately 1,334 full-and part-time faculty members, and 95% of the tenured and tenure-track faculty hold doctoral degrees or the equivalent in their fields. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
About the Region
Welcome to El Paso, our warm and welcoming corner of the earth! El Paso is situated in the far western corner of the U.S. state of Texas. El Paso stands on the Rio Grande river across the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juárez, the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. There is plenty to see and do in the City of El Paso. Experience walking tours of Downtown to get a taste of our history that spans 400 years, shopping, outdoor concerts at the Chamizal National Memorial, museums of every kind, the Zoo, and nature hikes through our four Texas State Parks. Come be a part of El Paso’s music and dance festivals, sports events, arts and culture. Our close neighbors in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and New Mexico also welcome and extend their hospitality.