Jill Johnson opens a rich conversation with the new Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, addressing embodied knowledge and the scope dance brings to the academy and interdisciplinary research. This interdisciplinary talk is free and open to the public. The event opens with a welcome and reception.
Details about the Sat Feb. 10 Workshop → Knowledge in Motion — Performance Research & the University
Director of Dance, Theater, Dance & Media (TDM), Dance Program Office for the Arts; Senior Lecturer, Theater, Dance & Media; Founder/Artistic Director, Harvard Dance Project
Jill Johnson is the Director of Dance, faculty and Founder/Artistic Director of the Harvard Dance Project, at Harvard University. An artist, educator, producer and long-time principal dancer and researcher with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, she is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and former soloist with the company. As a 30-year veteran of the dance field, Johnson has danced in over fifty tours on five continents. She has choreographed and performed in work for the stage, museums, film, and television and has designed dance and arts curricula for programs from Barnard College to Princeton University, the Julliard School, the New School, and NYU. Jill has collaborated with Bill Forsythe for almost three decades, setting the choreographer’s work on leading companies around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Bathsheva Dance Company, Netherlands Dance Theater and the National Ballet of Canada. Her teaching combines arts, sciences, and humanities—with recent collaborations including Eve Ensler and American Repertory Theatre as well as the Harvard Choruses, filmmaker David Michalek, the Louvre Museum, Dance On Ensemble and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Johnson’s research and teaching facilitate the launching of ideas into movement—from artistic creation and physics to neuroscience, architecture, to and social change.