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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

the politics of space: Ann Arbor

On behalf of the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies, in cooperation with Stefanie Cohen and Corey Gearhart at Light Box Detroit, and Marcus White/WhiteWerx, we invite you to attend a public workshop presentation by Chicago based curator and creative provocateur - Barak adé Soleil - for a critical conversation, the politics of space: Ann Arbor.

the politics of space: Ann Arbor makes vivid space for all on Monday, December 05, 2016 at 7:00PM in the world famous Duderstadt Center Video Studio on the University of Michigan North Campus. 

the politics of space: Ann Arbor builds upon a series of public performative events staged by Barak adé Soleil that explore themes of accessibility, civic engagement, and intersectionality in cooperation with a broad spectrum of folk in numerous cities. Led by interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer Barak adé Soleil, the politics of space, seeks to instigate dialogue surrounding the current social and political tensions present today. Barak adé Soleil offers personal and poetic insights excavated from his deep engagement with the profound traditions of the African diaspora, disability and queer culture, and postmodern conceptual forms within his 25-year creative career. In this interactive performance we are invited to consider: Who is at the table when decisions are made impacting our communities? In what ways do we invite/disinvite folk into our space? How can we occupy space even when the space is not for us? 

Barak adé Soleil makes dance, theater, and performance art. An award-winning creative practitioner, he has been engaging diverse communities within the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and West Africa throughout his career. Barak adé Soleil is the founder of D UNDERBELLY, an interdisciplinary network of artists of color; and, recipient of the prestigious Katherine Dunham Choreography Award given by New York’s AUDELCO for Excellence in Black Theatre.

This event is free and open to a broad spectrum of all people in the University and beyond! The Video Studio is a free and fully accessible venue; free of fragrances; and, a space for free speech and free action.

For more information, please review the following links:

For information on D UNDERBELLY:, and
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For information on the Duderstadt Center, including accessible parking and maps:

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For information on Light Box Detroit:

For information on Marcus White/WhiteWerks: