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  • Cara Hagan


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    Cara Hagan


    Cara Hagan is a mover, maker, writer, curator, champion of just communities, and a dreamer. She believes in the power of art to upend the laws of time and physics, a necessary occurrence in pursuit of liberation. In her work, no object or outcome is sacred; but the ritual to get there is. Hagan’s adventures take place as live performance, on screen, as installation, on the page, and in collaboration with others in a multitude of contexts.

    In recent years, Hagan and her work have traveled to such gatherings as the Performática Festival in Cholula, Mexico, the Conference on Geopoetics in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Loikka Dance Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland, the Taos Poetry Festival in Taos, New Mexico, and to the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City. Extended artistic residencies have taken place at Thirak India in Jaipur, India, Playa Summer Lake in the dynamic outback of Oregon, Roehampton University in London, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts. Most recently, Hagan had the pleasure to be in residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC in June and July of 2021 where her interdisciplinary project, Essential Parts: A Guide to Moving through Crisis and Unbridled Joy is installed until summer 2022.

    Cara is grateful to have received financial support from various organizations and institutions to continue her work. Recent support has included the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron where she was named the inaugural Community Commissioning Residency Artist for the 2020/2021 season. Past support has come from the Dance Films Association, the Filmed in NC Fund, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Forsyth County Arts Council, the Appalachian State University Research Council, the Watauga County Arts Council, and Betty’s Daughter Arts.
    Since becoming a parent and navigating a global pandemic, Hagan’s work takes place a bit closer to home these days. Hagan is editor and contributor for the anthology, Practicing Yoga as Resistance: Voices of Color in Search of Freedom, and author of the book, Screendance from Film to Festival: Celebration and Curatorial Practice. More of her written work can be found in Dance Magazine, the Journal of Sustainability Education, Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing, the Journal of Dance Education, and the International Journal of Screendance.

    Hagan will be in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation in the fall of 2022, working toward the creation of a new short film.


    Current Courses

    APEX Seminar 1
    TPRC 5501, Fall 2023

    Collaborative Making Process I
    TPER 5000, Fall 2023

    Performance Art
    TSOC 5010, Fall 2023

    Past Courses

    APEX Preparation
    TPRC 5500, Spring 2023

    Body II
    TPRC 5001, Spring 2023

    CMP 4
    TPER 5003, Spring 2023

    Collaborative Making Process I
    TPER 5000, Fall 2022

    Project: Site Specific
    TPER 5101, Spring 2023

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