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Barry Brannum

Barry Brannum is a dance artist. His practice encompasses performance, teaching, choreography, research (both scholarly and artistic), and writing. Barry has worked with several LA-based performance makers, including Dorothy Dubrule, Jennie Mary-Tai Liu (Grand Lady Dance House), Lionel Popkin, Eliott Reed, Nickels Sunshine, Kristianne SalcinesAlexx Shilling, and Kevin Williamson. He appeared as a guest artist with Cullberg Ballet in Deborah Hay’s Figure a Sea and performed in the Los Angeles iteration of the Merce Cunningham Trust’s Night of 100 Solos: A Centenary Event in April 2019. He has shown his own choreography at Highways Performance Space, the Electric Lodge, Pieter, and NAVEL, among other venues. An alum of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (Dance, 2009), Barry graduated from Princeton University in 2013 (AB cum laude, English; Certificate, Dance) and is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. 

Research Interests:

  • Somatics and improvisation  
  • Practice as research  
  • Critical histories of Western concert dance  
  • Black studies  
  • Cultural criticism