Presented by the School of Dance in collaboration with Arizona Arts Live
with special guest Virginia Jonson
Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem
Free Admission/Donations Encouraged
Seating is first come, first served
Dr. Perpener III
John O. Perpener III is a dance historian and independent scholar who currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and his MFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. John O. Perpener III will share his reflections on the experiences and influences that have shaped his approach to researching and teaching dance history in a way that includes a diverse range of dancers and choreographers, some of whom have been left out of more traditional approaches to dance history in academia. He will delve into social and political matters as they relate to the arts, as he recognizes that history can be a documentation of intertwined threads of human existence, including narratives that speak of the inhumanity, oppression, and other destructive forces that different groups of people have inflicted on each other throughout time.