Dr. Seika Boye is a dance scholar, artist and advocate. She is a Lecturer at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Director of the newly established research centre Institute for Dance Studies at the University of the Toronto. Her work has been published in The Dance Current, Dance Collection Danse Magazine, alt.theatre and The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Most recently Seika co-edited the first Dance Forum in Performance Matters online journal. As a dance performer Seika has performed with the Judith Marcuse Projects, Electric Company Theatre, Ballet Creole, among other companies. She was the movement dramaturg for Djanet Sears’ A Black Girl in Search of God at the Centaur Theatre and National Arts Centre.
Our conversation focuses on the innovative research Seika undertook for her 2016 doctoral dissertation “Looking for Social Dance in Toronto’s Black Population at Mid-century: A Historiography” (forthcoming as a book with McGill Queen’s University Press) and her recent exhibit, “It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada, 1900 to 1970,” which she curated for Dance Collection Danse.