In light of the strike at UCI and across the UCs, we will be postponing Professor Gerald Casel’s talk scheduled for tomorrow “Dancing on the (Bamboo) Ceiling: Performing While Asian in U.S. Postmodern Dance.”  We will reschedule later this academic year.

“Dancing on the (Bamboo) Ceiling: Performing While Asian in U.S. Postmodern Dance”
A conversation with Gerald Casel and Dorothy Fujita-Rony, Professor of Asian American Studies

This conversation with Gerald Casel explores his personal background as an immigrant Filipinx dancer/choreographer and his career performing as Asian in U.S. postmodern dance. He also will share “Cover Your Mouth When You Smile,” a movement essay (a dance performance that follows the format of a five paragraph paper) that examines the essential labor of Filipino overseas workers and their simultaneous invisibility across the diaspora. This event explores the impossibility of being presumed to be a model minority, the expected performances of whiteness, the challenges of experiencing and expressing unbridled joy, and how all this contributes to racial melancholia.