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Walker wins 2017 Black Excellence Award in Choreography

November 06, 2017

UW-Madison’s Chris Walker received the 2017 Black Excellence Award in Choreography for his work, “Manifest,” from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. 

Walker is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department. This is the second year Walker was nominated for this award, and his first win.

Chris Walker
Walker’s ”Manifest" is a conversation between contemporary expressions and traditional practices of African movement, practices that inform the physical relationship to space and time in the present and the imagined future. It was performed in Muntu Dance Theater's Fall concert, also titled “Manifest,” on Dec. 10, 2016 at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus.

The Black Excellence Awards were established to honor the outstanding works produced in African American theater, dance, music, film, literature and visual arts. Others nominated in the category of choreography this year included Bill T Jones and Ressie Davis.

Winners were announced at the 17th Annual Black Excellence Awards Ceremony & Gala on Oct. 30, at the Black Ensemble Theater and Cultural Center in Chicago. 

The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago is a service organization dedicated to developing, strengthening and promoting the African American artists and arts organizations in Chicago.

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