All the World's a Stage
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for example, worked as a jazz bassist before earning a doctorate
in anthropology and becoming an ethnomusicologist. He's happy to
be working outside the confines of standard disciplines. "The intellectual
openness of WAC -- the fact that it originates from an interdisciplinary
impulse -- is powerfully attractive to those of us who see our work
as residing in the interstices between the arts, humanities and
social sciences." Nabokov, whose position is half in WAC, half in
American Indian Studies, agrees: "When you are required to wave
a banner for a particular discipline, it can begin to feel restrictive."
worked in public policy before earning her doctorate in political
science. Now she writes on tango and post-colonial theoretical issues,
and she is in the midst of creating a new tango opera called Angora
Matta. This is a time of enormous creative expansion for her, as
she works toward performing her scholarship on a grand scale.
same creative misfit status applies to the new choreographers on
the faculty: David Rousseve, whose Love Songs was performed at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival in mid-December, and
Victoria Marks, who is currently devising a community-wide celebration
of the millennium for the city of Lincoln, Neb., as well as preparing
a weekend of theory and public performance in the WAC Department
feels stretched: "Working with students from such a wide array of
cultural backgrounds has profoundly influenced my own aesthetic."
her part, Marks references a new attentiveness to issues of culture,
to the extent that for the first time in her life she recognizes
the modern/postmodern dance world as a cultural system unto itself.
"It feels like dance is being 'invented,' rather than 'taught' in
WAC," she says. "We are all, faculty and students, finding out what
it is and what it can be."