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Ackland Art Museum and Carolina Performing Arts Present: A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Experience the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition, She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, featuring the work of 12 leading Iranian and Arab artists through the lens of world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and Carolina Performing Arts/Mellon Foundation Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow, Jonah Bokaer. This day of dance at the Ackland will feature the world premiere of Jehan Sadat in Three Dimensions, a durational work in the galleries choreographed by Bokaer and a performance of Odalisques, choreographed and danced by the artist.These events are hosted in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts as part of Bokaer’s DisTIL residency. Costumes will be designed in a special collaboration with designer Austin Scarlett.

Bokaer’s choreographic work — often performed in museums and/or in response to visual art — frequently draws on his Middle Eastern and American heritage to explore ideas of orientalism in the art world. Inspired by the photography of She Who Tells a Story, Bokaer has organized a day of live choreography in the galleries that allows visitors to examine similar themes in the Ackland’s exhibition, offering an immersive art-viewing and performance experience.

A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography is free and open to the public.

Due to limited seating, an RSVP is requested for the solo performance of Odalisques.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of Austin Scarlett and Smith Freeman. Funded in part by a grant from Arts Everywhere.


November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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