WSU offers free Indigenous interdisciplinary dance artist event October 28


WSU Lyceum presents California-based indigenous interdisciplinary artist Brooke Smiley, who will offer an artist talk and demo entitled “The Value of Difference: Inclusion and Diversity across Cultures, Disciplines, and Self” on Monday, October 28, at 7-8:20 p.m. in Stark Auditorium in the Science Learning Center on the Winona State campus.

This talk weaves how Smiley’s interdisciplinary practice in dance, BMC® somatics, art, and superadobe Earth architecture has cultivated safety in addressing generational trauma, shame, and forgiveness. She shares a rich history of embodiment research, including similarities between the patterns in nature with the systems of the body. Her Earth and body-based practice deepens awareness in self, in relationship with others and the Earth, unfolding movement as a source of consciousness.

Smiley is an Indigenous, interdisciplinary dance artist, a Dancescape 2020 guest choreographer, and an Advancing Indigenous Performer Fellow 2019/2020 from Western Arts Alliance with lead support from the National Endowment of the Arts and Doris Duke Foundation.

During her Winona State residency from October 27 to November 11, Smiley will also present a workshop series entitled, “Active Consent: How to Not Assume” on October 29, October 31, and November 5 from 2-3:20 p.m. in Memorial 300 dance studio. This residency concludes with an open showcase on Friday, November 8, at noon in Memorial 300.

All of these events are free and open to the community

While in residence, Smiley will work intensively with select WSU dancers and community performers to create a ritual dance for Dancescape 2020 on February 13, 14, and 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dufresne Performing Arts Center, Fusillo Theatre.

This residency is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, WSU Lyceum, Department of Theatre & Dance, History Department, and the Inclusion & Diversity Office.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Gretchen Cohenour at


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