WORKSHOP | “Communicating Performance for a General Audience” with Jennifer Homans

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WORKSHOP | “Communicating Performance for a General Audience” with Jennifer Homans

FRI FEB 24 at 2:30PM-4PM

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History; the ​​Department of History; The Europe Center; Center for Russia, East European, and Eurasian Studies


Jennifer Homans Headshot by Brigitte LacombeWith her celebrated texts Apollo’s Angels (2010) and Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century (2022), Jennifer Homans has written some of the most influential performance historiographies for a public readership in recent memory. What does it mean to do humanistic research and writing for a general audience, and that enriches the practices of artist-collaborators? What are the demands and affordances of writing with the non-specialist in mind — and where does one begin? As humanities scholarship is increasingly compelled to justify its relevance under threat of university divestment, how can researchers take up the call to reflect upon the utility and legibility of their work beyond the ivory tower? Join us for a special workshop with Dr. Homans on praxes and possibilities of writing for general audiences.


Jennifer Homans is the Dance Critic for The New Yorker and the author of Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century (2022), and Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (2010), both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award She is the editor of When the Facts Change (2015)a collection of writings by her late husband, Tony Judt. Homans was a professional dancer and performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet before earning a BA at Columbia University and a PhD in Modern European History at New York University, where she is now a Distinguished Scholar in Residence and the Founding Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts. https://balletcenter.nyu.edu/ Headshot by Brigitte Lacombe.


Event Details

Date: February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Roble Gym 139
Address: ROBLE GYM 139 375 Santa Teresa Street