Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania for Beth Genne's class during their residency in November 2015.

Dance Workshop--Robin Wilson

Dance Workshop with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania for Robin Wilson's class during their residency in November 2015.

Emily Wilcox

Emily Wilcox, a CWPS Steering Committee member, during a Janusz Prusinowski Kompania's concert "Secret Key to Chopin - Lost and Found" in November 2015.

Michał Żak

Michal Zak, a member of the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, playing his shawm during a CWPS signature event, "Wild Music from the Heart of Poland" in November 2015.

Dance Workshop--Beth Genne

Dance Workshop with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania for Beth Genne's class during their residency in November 2015.

AIR Kwadwo

CWPS welcomed Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Asantehene Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen of Antoa-Krobo Hemaa) to U-M from Ghana for a month during fall 2014.

Kofi Agawu

Princeton Music Professor, Kofi Agawu, engages the audience during his Musicology Distinguished Lecture at U-M in winter 2015.

Dobet

Dobet Gnahoré during the CWPS Signature event performance in winter 2015.

winter residencies

(left to right): Frieda Ekotto (U-M); Louisa Babari (France); Anita Afonu (Ghana); and Pascale Obolo (France) during their winter 2015 residency.

Gruopo Tucandira

Grupo Tucandira, a five-member Columbian ensemble, performed during fall 2012.

Pandit Sanjoy slider

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay (India) performs with his sitar at UMMA during the CWPS Signature event in winter 2014.

James Acheampong

Master Drum Carver, James Acheampong (Ghana), spent a month during fall 2012 carving drums at U-M's Palmer Commons.

AIR 2015

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Asantehene Sanaahene) speaks during the "Role of the Queen Mother" lecture during their fall 2014 residency.

KA

CWPS Director, Kwasi Ampene, addresses a Round Table during Dobet Gnahoré's visit in winter 2013.

CWPS welcomed Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Asantehene Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen of Antoa-Krobo Hemaa) to U-M from Ghana for a month during fall 2014.

Percussion

Dan Piccolo, part of the Mark Stone Trio, drumming at the Master Class: World Percussion Ensemble during their winter 2014 residency.

The Mark Stone Trio performing at UMMA After Hours during their winter 2014 residency.

Rajeeb Chakraborty

Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty (India) performs with his sarod at Stamps Auditorium during the CWPS Signature event in fall 2013.

Evening of Hindustani Music 2013

Pandit Samar Saha (tabla) performs with Dr. Chakraborty at Stamps Auditorium during the CWPS Signature event in fall 2013.

Lebanese percussionist Rony Barrak performs during his March, 2012 CWPS artist residency.

Lebanese percussionist Rony Barrak performs during his March, 2012 CWPS artist residency.

The Fontomfrom Drum and Dance Ensemble perform during their March, 2012 CWPS artist residency.

The Fontomfrom Drum and Dance Ensemble perform during their March, 2012 CWPS artist residency.

Vusi Malasela Addresses a Class

Vusi Malasela addresses a class during his Winter, 2012 residency with CWPS.

Kofi and Kwasi

CWPS director Kwasi Ampene (left) with Princeton Music Professor Kofi Agawu (right) after the Musicology Distinguished Lecture at U-M in winter 2015.

Welcome

The Center for World Performance Studies promotes the scholarly study of music, dance, and theater and, by extension, all forms of expressive arts across the globe including Asia, Africa, The Middle East, Latin America and the Pacific and Atlantic Islands as well as marginalized groups in Europe and America. Through interdisciplinary and engaged dialogues between scholars, students, and performance specialists from around the world, the Center fosters intellectual work that foregrounds the intimate connections between artistic practices and their complex and dynamically changing cultural environments. In line with the University’s commitment to globalization and diversity in the twenty first century, the Center fulfills a vital need by privileging the study of world performance (traditionally excluded from Western arts conservatories). It raises the awareness of and advocates for the greater inclusion of underrepresented cultures within the academy. It provides graduate training and supports faculty research. The Center collaborates within and across LSA, Rackham, and the professional schools and colleges throughout the larger University, through four core programs:

1.  Scholar/Artist Residencies, Symposia and Classroom Teaching
2.  Graduate Training with Certificate in World Performance Studies
3.  Funding for Faculty and Student Research, and Annual Faculty Symposium
4.  Co-Sponsorships with International Institute Area Studies Centers, Departments and Units throughout the University

 

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