The embodiment of women’s insistence on self-expression on stage and in society was the focus of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
You can hear their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.
Brooker and 11 of her students reconstructed feminist choreographer Florence Fleming Noyes’ 1914 work “Dance of Freedom” for the dance program’s 2020 Fall Dance Concert, which was streamed live Nov. 21 on the MTSU Dance Theatre’s Facebook page.
The students added their own individually choreographed touches to the “Dance of Freedom” performance, inspired by Noyes and under Brooker’s supervision.
In a rare black-and-white film clip from a newsreel preserved by the Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection in Canada, Noyes sheds some 10 yards of chiffon from her upper body while dancing as a metaphor of women’s need to free themselves from society’s constraints.
“She’s freed both of her arms and her head, and she’s celebrating her freedom, and then she looks down and realizes that her lower body is still bound,” Brooker said.
“There’s a moment of realization there that freedom is not won when only one part is free, but the whole has to be free for freedom to be realized.”
Brooker also participated in a workshop on recontextualizing historic dance routines like “Dance of Freedom” Oct. 25 at the National Dance Education Organization’s virtual conference.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
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