Hart House and The Institute for Dance Studies (IDS) invites you to its 2024 keynote lecture, presented by sought-after scholar and speaker Thomas F. DeFrantz.


The institutionalization of dance in academic settings has forced a reckoning with genre, access, aesthetics, and colonial histories, at least. This talk focuses on the ways that dance resists containment by institutions. Calling on the rhetorics of dance as protest, as erotic demonstration of possibility, and as manifestation of outrageous style, we wonder together at the ways dance arrives outside of the scaffolding of the linguistic, to demonstrate ways to be in relationship to authority while moving in another direction.

Doors will open at 1:30 PM with event programming starting at 2 PM. 

The IDS Keynote Lecture will be followed on Saturday, February 3 by a workshop. “Doing Us: Dancing Beyond the Institution” will be led by Thomas F. DeFrantz and hosted by the Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (CDTPS). For general event inquiries and workshop RSVPs, please contact Institute for Dance Studies RA Martin Austin at [email protected].

Note: Space for the workshop is prioritized for CDTPS students/faculty and IDS membership.

About IDS

The Institute for Dance Studies (IDS) is a research institute at the University of Toronto that advocates for dance studies within the academy, and for the value of dance beyond performance. Hosted within the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, IDS supports dance-focused scholars, students, and artists through meetings, events, working groups, workshops, practice pop-ups, resource sharing, and our annual Keynote Lecture and Workshop Series. IDS was founded in 2016 by Seika Boye following the “The Other D”: Locating Dance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada Symposium, which you can learn more about here.

While IDS does not offer courses or grant degrees, it supports and collaborates with people working in a range of curricular and non-curricular contexts across disciplines, including Theatre and Performance Studies, Music, Kinesiology, Education, Physiotherapy, and History. 

IDS has an ongoing partnership with Hart House. IDS and Hart House share a commitment to expanding dance-focused programming at the University of Toronto through community and academic collaborations. Learn more about Dance at Hart House here.

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  • Date: Fri, Feb 2, 2024
  • Time & Duration: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (EST) (2h 30m)
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  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Music Room (2006)
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