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Anthropologist Anya Royce on Creative Collaboration

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Steve Dahlberg-Mary Alice Long

Steve Dahlberg-Mary Alice Long


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We'll explore the topic of creative collaboration through the lens of performance and dance with anthropologist, writer and professor Anya Royce. As a professor of anthropology at Indiana University, Royce explores the anthropology of dance and performing arts, which brings together her initial experience as a dancer with her scholarly interest in what and how dance and the performing arts mean in a variety of cultures both past and present. We'll also talk about the book she is working on about the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, examining a unique (for professional arts organizations) creative process based on collaborative improvisation where each individual contribution is important, and the assumption that no specific training in dance is necessary.