Annual Theme for 2017-2018: Asia’s Cultural Heritage

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The Art of Movement and Sound
March and April 2018

With the Art of Movement and Sound, we want to celebrate the traditions of dance and music of Asian peoples that have long expressed their joys and sorrows throughout the ages. As in the case of ritual, movement and sound are also closely linked to spiritual life of the people. The folk tradition and the spiritual tradition are part of the whole. We plan an array of events highlighting these different dimensions of spirituality and joy of the Asian cultural heritage. These will a include a New England Asia Seminar on “Asian Dance at the World’s Fairs, 1850s-1930s” in conjunction with the opening of the BUCSA online exhibition, Asia at the World’s Fairs. The Seminar will focus on the transcultural exchanges between the different forms of Asian dance with European dance as well as the role of the World’s Fairs as a meeting point where the concept of modern dance and dance forms migrated. We will also host Asian dance and musical performances that will showcase the talents of students and faculty from the Greater Boston region.

These events are being organized and presented with many different cultural and institutional partners from across Boston and New England. Details will be available on the BUCSA website as they are finalized, and will appear also in the BUCSA calendar, so check back often! We look forward to your participation in what promises to be a busy, joyous, and intriguing celebration of Asia’s cultures and traditions.