Conversation #1:

Thinking Bodies and Embodied Thought

10/24, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Columbia College - Sherwood Music School
1312 S Michigan Ave., Chicago
Free Tickets
Followed by a performance by Pol Pi at 7:30 PM

How do artists and educators pursue creative research in university settings? Panelists from Paris, Berlin, and Chicago compare innovating approaches to dance making and dance education.

Light refreshments served after.


Susan Manning, Moderator, is an internationally recognized historian of modern dance, whose writings have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. She is the author of Ecstasy and the Demon: the Dances of Mary Wigman and Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion; curator of Danses noires/blanche Amérique; dramaturge for Reggie Wilson’s Moses(es); and coeditor of New German Dance Studies and Futures of Dance Studies. She is the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor of English, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Franz Anton Cramer is currently co-directing a research project on dance history from a decolonizing perspective at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He has been researching archival processes of the performing arts with a focus on dance since 2003. From 2007 until 2013 he was a Fellow at the Collège international de philosophie in Paris, and in 2011 a Villa Kamogawa scholarship holder at the Goethe Institute Kyoto. Together with Barbara Büscher, he publishes the e-journal MAP – Media Archive Performance ( From 2007 till 2010 he was co-founder of the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) Berlin, Germany, where he directed the BA-course “Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography" with Gisela Müller and Boris Charmatz.

Noé Soulier studied at the National Ballet School of Canada and PARTS in Brussels. Born in Paris in 1987, he received a master’s degree in philosophy at La Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and took part in Palais de Tokyo’s residency program: Le Pavillon. Noé Soulier is an affiliated artist at the CN D Centre national de la danse in Pantin since 2014 and an affiliated artist at CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie from 2016 to 2018. Noé Soulier’s work explores choreography and dance in different settings. In conceptual projects as the book Actions, Movements and Gestures or the performance Movement on Movement, he analyzes and describes different ways to conceive movements that aim to offer multiple ways to experience the body.

Julia Rhoads is a choreographer and Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions. Additional choreography and movement direction credits include projects with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre, and Redmoon, among others. Julia is a former company member of San Francisco Ballet and ensemble member of XSIGHT! Performance Group. She received her BA in History from Northwestern University, her MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Director of Dance and Lecturer at University of Chicago’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Raquel Monroe received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Culture and Performance. She is an interdisciplinary performance scholar and artist whose research interests include black social dance, black feminisms, and popular culture. She is completing a monograph that investigates how black feminist politics emerge through the dancing bodies of black female cultural producers in popular culture. As a maker and performer, Monroe works with the Propelled Animals and the Baker-Taparga Dance Project creating immersive, interdisciplinary performance installations. She has also worked with choreographers David Roussève, Ana Maria Alvarez, and Marianne Kim. Monroe is the Co-Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and an Associate Professor in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. She is a founding board member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance.