John Bohannon and the Black Label Movement to perform A Modest Proposal at UNT

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 20:51

What: John Bohannon and the Black Label Movement, a dance group from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, will perform "A Modest Proposal" at the University of North Texas

When: 8 p.m. April 10 (Thursday)

Where: Auditorium Building at UNT, 1401 W. Hickory St., Denton

Cost: Tickets are free with UNT student identification and cost $5 for UNT faculty, staff members and alumni, and $10 for the general public. Buy tickets at the STUB on the Denton campus or online.

Contact: Laura Lee Brott at


DENTON, Texas (UNT) – Science magazine correspondent John Bohannon and the Black Label Movement—a modern dance troupe from Minnesota that collaborates with scientists, theater artists, scholars and journalists—will perform "A Modest Proposal" at the University of North Texas.

The event, part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series, begins at 8 p.m. on April 10 (Thursday) at the UNT Auditorium Building located at 1401 W. Hickory St., Denton.

Bohannon and choreographers Carl Flink and Edward Oroyan of the Black Label Movement worked together to create a piece that began as optimistic theater about science and turned into a satire about the status of artists in the U.S. As indicated by the title of the performance, the piece is inspired by Johnathan Swift’s 1792 essay "A Modest Proposal."  

The group created "A Modest Proposal" for the 2011 TEDxBrussels in Belgium after being invited by the curator of the event for Bohannon's work with Dance Your Ph.D., a project that asked doctoral candidates in physics, chemistry, biology and social sciences to curate a dance to go along with their dissertation. Dances were created to explain the dissertations in a way that incorporates movement in ways that other presentations are unable to. The TedxBrussels performance has been viewed on YouTube by an estimated 1.5 million people.


About the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series

The Fine Arts Series began as the Lyceum Series in 1903 when UNT was North Texas Normal College. The series has grown over the past century while never losing sight of its purpose to enrich UNT students' lives and provide a higher quality of life at the university. As the Fine Arts Series enters its 109th season, it continues to entertain and educate the campus community by presenting an exciting series of performing, visual and literary arts events. All UNT Fine Arts Series performances are presented free of charge to UNT students.

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