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TWU Dance to host Amie Dowling for screening of 'Well-Contested Sites'


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance will host choreographer/filmmaker Amie Dowling for a screening of her film, “Well-Contested Sites,” Monday, Feb. 11 on the TWU Denton campus. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9:45 a.m. in room 210 of the DGL (Dance and Gymnastics Laboratory) Building, located on the northeast corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. For a map of the campus, visit For more information, contact the department of dance at (940) 898-2086 or email

Ms. Dowling will lead a discussion following the presentation of the 13-minute film. “Well-Contested Sites” is a movement-based film that looks at the issue of incarceration and the experiences of those who are institutionalized. The film juxtaposes the human body with the architecture of the prison space, demonstrating the effect of incarceration on individuals and suggesting that the imagination can thrive even while the body is behind bars.

The lecture demonstration will launch Ms. Dowling’s residency at TWU, which includes a four-day artistic workshop at the Collin County Detention Center in McKinney. The workshop will engage inmates and TWU students in a creative process that will reflect upon their lives and communities, using their ideas and imaginations to develop movement-based theater.

Ms. Dowling is an associate professor and director of the Dance Program in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at the University of San Francisco. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching in jails and prisons. For more information on her work, visit

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