Whacking/Waacking panel and magazine issue launch


In partnership with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and the Institute of Dance Studies and dancer Ashley Perez, The Dance Current presents ‘Lost in Translation: Punk, Whack, Waacking, W(h)acking?’; a panel discussion with Kelvin Bacardii, Emily Law and Ashley Perez with moderator Seika Boye on February 28th at 4pm for the 28th annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) Bodies in Flux conference. Following the panel discussion there will be a magazine issue launch of The Dance Current’s upcoming March/April 2020 issue.

The panel titled ‘Lost in Translation: Punk, Whack, Waacking, W(h)acking?’ explores the now popular dance practice Punk/Whack, which originated in queer communities in Los Angeles. As the form spread, what’s been lost in translation? How has it shape-shifted to fit into a changing world? This panel explores whom the form was created for and who is claiming it now by asking “how does the whacking community in Toronto care for the queer history and bodies that we imitate and adapt?”

Following the panel discussion, The Dance Current will have a March/April 2020 magazine issue launch, which corresponds a feature conversation with Ashley Perez on Whacking/Waacking. Get a hold of the March/Aprill issue full of brilliant content hot off the presses at a discounted rate at this not to be missed event and discussion. 

The panel and issue launch will be held in the University College Union (UC Union) building located on the first floor of 79 St. George Street on the University of Toronto campus in Toronto, Ontario. The events location is accessible and free but space will be limited. Please RSVP here. (At this time we can not confirm the presence of an American Sign Language interpreter. This web page will be updated should this information change). 

ABOUT FOOT The 28th annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) conference - Bodies in Flux - is coordinated by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and takes place this February 27 and 28, 2020. The conference seeks to address the following questions: How do we theorize bodies as a process: as a performance as well as a performer? How are bodies created and transformed through performances, perceptions, receptions and theorizations of them?