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UW’s Walker presenting work in New York, Toronto

March 21, 2015

UW-Madison’s Chris Walker is traveling to New York and Toronto to present works and conduct workshops as part of his ongoing research on African Diasporic contemporary performance.

From March 21-22 at the Walt Whitman Theatre in New York, Walker will present “Rough Drafts,” part of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica’s “Biennial Tour in New York” concert. “Rough Drafts” is the feature premiere of the concert and the first major commission of the NDTC since the passing of founding artistic director Rex Nettleford in February 2010.

Chris Walker
The work will be performed by a full company of dancers, with music by Major Scurlock and live music by the NDTC Singers and musicians under the musical directorship of Ewan Simpson.

Walker will then head to Toronto for a six-day residency at the University of Toronto at Scarborough to present, “Facing Home: A Phobia – A Yard Abroad,” at COBA (Collective Of Black Artists). “Facing Home” is an ongoing creative research project using contemporary performance to create spaces of dialogue around homophobia, physical projection, performance of coded behavior.

From March 23-28 Walker will teach classes, conduct workshops, give interviews and a lecture, participate on panels and present live performances of the full evening episodic work “Facing Home” with facilitated talkback and audition.

Walker is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department.