Dr. Claudia Brazzale
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader MA CPP
Dance and African diaspora in Italy
The research engages with ideas around space, movement and mobility in relationship to performance. Thinking through the implications of mobility for performance, and more specifically dance and moving bodies, this body of work engages with the mobility paradigm that has emerged in the last 15 years in social sciences. The work addresses the research through different formats as a way to translate complex theoretical issues and make different fields and conceptual frameworks converse with each other.
Heritage for Sale (1999)
Documentary Film ‘‘Afropean Moves’ (2019)
Brazzale, C. (forthcoming 2019) ‘Dancing through otherness: The circulation of West African dance in Italy’. In Dancing the African Diaspora ed. T. DeFrantz. Duke University Press.
INTERVIEWS 'Covering Ground: Dancing, Choreographing, Filming and Writing' interview by Tanja Meding for Dance on Camera Journal Sept-Oct 2011.
'Meet Claudia Brazzale:Dancer and Interdisciplinary Academic' interview by Shildneck for the Association American Women University (AAUW), 26 Oct. 2011.
Brazzale C. (2012) ‘Introduction’ and ‘Tailoring Cosmopolitanism’. In Streetnotes,Special Issue: ‘Fashioning the Global City’, University of California, e-Scholarship Publisher.
Brazzale, C. (2014) ‘(Un) Covering Ground: Dance, Space and Mobility’. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 5, no. 2 (2014): 107-118.
Brazzale, C 2014 ‘The Economy of West African Dance in Italy’. Congress on Research in Dance. Volume Fall 2014, pp. 27-31.
Brazzale C. (Un)covering ground: dance, space and mobility. InTheatre, Dance and Performance Training Vol. 5, Iss.2, 2014
Brazzale C. “Introduction;” In Streetnotes, Special Issue: “Fashioning the Global City,” University of California, e-Scholarship Publisher, September 2012. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/9qs0j1xj
Brazzale, C. “Tailoring Cosmopolitanism” In Streetnotes, Special Issue: “Fashioning the Global City,” University of California, e-Scholarship Publisher, September 2012. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2dn493cv
Brazzale, C. "Covering Ground: Dancing, Choreographing, Filming and Writing," an interview by Tanja Meding (Dance on Camera Journal Sept-Oct 2011. Available at http://www.dancefilms.org/2011/11/15/doc-journal-septemberoctober-2011-1st-article/)
Brazzale, C. “Meandering Through the New Global Urban.” ‘Urban Feel’ Special Issue of Xcp: Streetnotes, Winter 2009
International Postdoctoral Grant, American Association University of Women (AAUW) Chancellor's Fellowship, UCLA
Undergraduate: PA5213 Rethinking Choreography: Bodies, Sites and Digital Spaces
Screening Dance, Dance on Screen
External Examiner, MA Choreography, University of Lincoln (10/2015-)
Lecturer, Dance: Urban Practice Programme. University of East London (9/2014-)
Lecturer, Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Department, Liverpool Hope University (6/2013-8/2014)
Visiting Scholar, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University (2013-2014)
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Department, Liverpool Hope University (Sept. 2012 May 2013)
Visiting Lecturer, Dance Program, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University (2011-)
Visiting Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University (2011-12)
AAUW International Postdoctoral Fellow, IRW, Rutgers University (2010-11)
Global Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University (Sept. 2009 - June 2012)
Editorial Work and Reviews
World Dance Alliance- European Chapter steering committee
Manuscript Reviewer for Routledge Theatre & Performance Studies list, Routledge (2013-2014).
Editorial Board Member, Streetnotes, University of California, e-Scholarship Publisher.
Guest Editor for Special Issue of Streetnotes "Fashioning the Global City"
World Dance Alliance Reviewer
Film Reviews "Virgin Tales"; "Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle" in Women Make Movies Catalogue (2012-13)
Dance Under Construction Conference Chair and Co-Organizer (University of California, 2003)
Selected Conference Papers
“(Un) Covering Ground: Nomadism and the Neoliberal Production of ‘Artistic’ Mobility.” Dancing Economies Currency, Value and Labour Conference (SDR), Royal Holloway, 20 February 2015.
“Towards Critical Afropean Choreographies: Potential, Limits and (In)Capacities in the Circulation of Afro-diasporic Dance Cultures in Italy”. World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Angers 7-11 July 2014.
“Afropean Choreographies: The Circulation of Afro-Diasporic Dance and Rhythm Cultures in Italy and its Economy of Desire.” Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance Conference. Duke University, Feb.7-9, 2014.
“Choreographies of Afropean-ness: West African Dance and the Italian Geographical Imagination.” CORD Joint Annual Meeting Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects," University of California, LA. 19-21 April, 2013.
“Afropean Choreographies: The Economy of African Dance and Drumming in Italy.” CORD Joint Annual Meeting, Moving Music, Sounding Dance. Intersections, Disconnections, and Alignments between Dance and Music. Philadelphia, 17-20 November, 2011.
“Postmodernity and the Effacement of Gender in the Italian Nordest.” Feminist Fantasies Conference, IRW, Rutgers University, May 2011.
“Performing the Other: The Choreography of the African Body.” International Conference on Language, Space and Otherness in Italy Since 1861, British School, Rome, 24-25 June, 2010.
“Private and Public Space in the New Geographies of Production of the Italian Nordest.” Urban Culture Conference (MAPACA), Boston, 5-7 November, 2009.
“Crafting Cosmopolitanism: The Production of Postmodern Trends in the Global Regionalist Culture of the Italian Nordest.” European Association Social Anthropologists Conference. Section: Marginality, Nationalism and Citizenship, Ljubljana, August 26-30, 2008.
“The Effacement of Gender in the Global Capitalism of Northeastern Italy.” LOVA conference: Ethnographies for Gender and Globalization, UvA, Amsterdam, 3-4 July, 2008.
“Meandering Through Northeast Italy’s New Local and Global Geographies of Production.” First International Conference of Young Urban Researchers (FICYUrb), ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal, 11-12 June, 2007.
“Choreographing the Cosmopolitan: How Families of Northeast Italy Produce Postmodernity.” Urban Culture Conference (MAPACA), New Brunswick, NJ, 4-6 November, 2005.
“Choreographing Family-Firms: The Confluence of the Local and the Global in Veneto’s Production Model.” “In/corp/orations,” Dance Under Construction, VII Annual Conference, UCLA, April 8-9, 2005
“Family Capitalism: New Local and Global Geographies,” Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Buffalo, NY, 4-7 November, 2004.
“Tracking Desire: How Family Capitalism Produces Global Fashion Consumers.” Imagination and the Nation: In, Between and Beyond States, American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Conference, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, 8 May, 2004.
“Heritage For Sale.” Talking Culture, Annual California Folklore Society & American Studies Association Conference, Sacramento, CA, 11-13 April, 2003.
"Covering Ground: Dancing, Choreographing, Filming and Writing" an interview by Tanja Meding
(Dance on Camera Journal Sept-Oct 2011. Available at http://www.dancefilms.org/2011/11/15/doc-journal-septemberoctober-2011-1st-article/)
"Meet Claudia Brazzale: Dancer and Interdisciplinary
Academic." An interview by Elyssa Shildneck (October 26, 2011. Available at http://blog-aauw.org/2011/10/26/meet-claudia-brazzale-dancer-and-interdisciplinary-academic/)
Invited Presentations and Performative Lectures:
(Un)Covering Ground: A Critique of Contemporary Dance Education and its Narratives of Spatial Mobility.” Gender and Educational Association Biennial Conference: Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections: Policy, Practice, Parity. Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, 23-26 April 2013.
“Choreographing Afropean Identities: Intersectionality in the Circulation of African Dance in Italy.” "Expanding the Feminist Classroom, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, Jan.28, 2013.
“Falling Into the Spectacle: Berlusconi’s Performance of Modernity and Gender.” Center for European Studies, Rutgers University, March 2012.
“(Un)Covering Grounds: Spatial Discourses in Dance.” A performative-video-lecture sponsored by Institute for Research on Women and the Department of Dance, Rutgers University, NJ, 22 May, 2011.
“Producing Cosmopolitanism: Postmodernity and the Effacement of Gender in the Italian Nordest.” Sponsored by the Italian Studies Program and the Italian Department, Rutgers University, April 2010.
“The Politics and the Policing of Tradition: Tourism, Ethnographic Perceptions, and Postcolonial Approaches to Cultural Performance.” Università di Milano-Bicocca, May 2008.
External Observer and Commentator:
Perempuan dan Seni Pertunjukan (Women and Performative Arts) Yogykarta University—Dance & Theater Congress on Women and Performance, Indonesia, September 7-8, 2004.
“Spectacle and Commodification”. Dancing Economies, Royal Holloway, Feb. 2015.
“Historicizing the Non-Normative Through Sexuality,” Feminist Fantasies Conference, IRW, Rutgers University, May 2011.
“From Labor to Love: The Politics of Local and Global Consumption,” MAPCA Conference, 2004.
“Interstitial Choreographies: Music, Bodies, Text,” VII Dance Under Construction Conference, UCLA 2005.
Conference Co-Organizer and Chair
Dance Under Construction, V Annual University of California Dance Conference, UCLA April 4-5, 2003.
“Interpretations in Professional Practices: An Ethnography of the Construction of Languages and Professional Categories in Five Working Contexts,” Fele, G. In Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa. Bologna: Il Mulino Press, 2008.
“Interaction, Culture, Small Groups a conversation with Gary Allan Fine /Interazione, cultura e piccoli gruppi, una conversazione con G. A. Fine.” In Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa. Bologna: Il Mulino Press, 2007.
Related Professional Activities
Academic Consultant, film-producer Riva Freifeld, Riva Productions, NYC 2012-
America’s West-Europe’s Myth, a documentary-in-progress on Europe’s longstanding fascination with the mythical American West.
Director, video documentaries-in-progress
Retracing Steps: Connecting Dancers Now and Then (2011-); Afropean Choreographies
Research Assistant, Prof. David Rousseve, Dept. World Arts & Culture, UCLA, Fall 2004
Editor and Research Assistant,
Prof. Mauro Calamandrei, Il Sole 24 Ore, NYC, 1999-2001