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Charles O Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts

Email: charles.o.anderson@austin.utexas.edu

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Charles O. Anderson is joining UT Austin's Dept. of Theatre and Dance as a tenured Associate Professor of African American and African Diasporic Dance with a courtesy appointment in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Having received his B.A. in dance from Cornell University and his M.F.A. in choreography from Temple University, Charles is also artistic director of dance theatre X, a critically acclaimed afro-contemporary dance company whe he founded in 2002. In 2007, Charles was the recipient of a prestigious $60,000 Pew Fellowship in the Arts having been recognized for his choreographic achievements nationally and internationally. He has also had the honor of being named one of the ?Top 25 Artists to Watch? in the country by Dance Magazine, and most recently was named one of ?12 Rising Stars in the Academy? by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine. His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His current choreographic and scholarly research in experimental African Diasporic dance theatre entitled The Parables of Mutants and Madmen Trilogy. Through The Parables Trilogy Anderson is examining the theory of afrofuturism, which is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, Afrocentricity and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. He looks forward to sharing his work with the UT Austin community soon and is honored to be working as part of this vibrant academic community.

B.A. in Dance, Cornell University; M.F.A. in Choreography, Temple University

African Diaspora and African American (Black) vernacular and concert dance history, Black dance aesthetics, Afrocentric dance pedagogy, choreography and dance composition, contemporary dance, Afrofuturism, critical race theory in dance

His current choreographic and scholarly research in experimental African Diasporic dance theatre is centered around a body of work entitled The Parables of Mutants and Madmen Trilogy. Through The Parables Trilogy Anderson is examining the theory of afrofuturism, which is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, Afrocentricity and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. In 2010, Anderson received a commission from the Central District Forum and the Painted Bride Arts Center to premiere the second installment of the trilogy entitled World Headquarters: Evidences of Things Unsaid in Seattle, WA and Philadelphia, PA. That same year he also earned two awards for outstanding achievement and directing for his dance-theatre adaptation of Shakespeare?s The Tempest from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. (This work is analogous to an article as they are shortened and/or synthesized choreographic works that contribute to are derived from my larger research projects.)

Charles was the recipient of a prestigious $60,000 Pew Fellowship in the Arts having been recognized for his choreographic achievements nationally and internationally. He has also had the honor of being named one of the ?Top 25 Artists to Watch? in the country by Dance Magazine, and most recently was named one of ?12 Rising Stars in the Academy? by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine. His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His company dance theatre X has been named one of UT Austin?s Department of Theatre and Dance?s ?Dance Companies in Residency.?