Mourner's Bench: An American Tale Nexus of Dance/Art & Social Justice

Clarence Brooks

Course Description

Brooks will present a performance of Talley Beatty's seminal work, "Mourner's Bench" (1947). This 5-minute dance takes place on a 9' bench to recorded music. A time for reflection and a lecture will follow, exploring the significance of this masterpiece. This lecture will delve into why the Library of Congress recorded it for the national archives, detail elements of the reconstruction, and highlight significant moments in the life and career of this internationally renowned choreographer. Enhanced with images and Q&A, this unique experience is not to be missed!

About the Instructor

  • Clarence Brooks, MFAassociate professor and director of dance, teaches ballet and modern and directs the Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble, FAU's resident professional dance company. He has performed with 70+ dance companies and toured the U.S., Europe, and Asia with Nikolais/Louis Dance Company, Marcus Schulkind Dance Company, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Anna Sokolow's Players' Project, and the Ohio Ballet at internationally renowned venues such as Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival/USA, Paris Opera, The Joyce Theater, and the American Dance Festival. Brooks can be seen in the video documentary "The World of Alwin Nikolais." His essay "Dancing With the Issues" was published in One Teacher in 10: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories (Alyson Books). The Library of Congress recently recorded his version of Talley Beatty's "Mourner's Bench" for the national archives. Past president of the Florida Dance Education Organization, he sits on the boards of Doris Humphrey Foundation Board and danceTactics as well as the advisory boards of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and FDEO. Honors include induction into the OCU Performance Hall of Honor, two Associate Artist-in-Residences at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and recipient of the Clyde Fyfe Award and the Frank Prize for Performing Arts. Brooks holds an MFA in dance, a certification in Laban Movement Analysis, a 200-hour yoga certification, and is certified to teach the Evans Method of Teaching Modern.

Upcoming programs presented by Clarence Brooks.

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One-Time F1025 Clarence Brooks Mourner's Bench: An American Tale Nexus of Dance/Art & Social Justice
Tuesday, October 25: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm