Knowing Dance More: Thomas F. DeFrantz - "Why Know Dance More?"

Caplan Recital Hall

Presented by the School of Dance, "Knowing Dance More" is a series of lectures, conversations and informal showings led by important artists and scholars in the international field of dance.

What are the various ways we look at, think about, speak into and out of dance? How can we bring artistic research into our own thinking-moving-learning? What could be the value in languag-ing, speaking, writing with/alongside dance and performance making? How can we make anti-racist, anti-homophobic, proto-feminist, queer affirming work that speaks to as many of our creative desires as possible? This session will bring theoretical models into productive tension with the practices of making dances and becoming artists who are engaged in the work of the world.

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Books: Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), Dancing Revelations Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004), Black Performance Theory, co-edited with Anita Gonzalez (Duke University Press, 2014), Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion, co-edited with Philipa Rothfield (Palgrave, 2016). Creative: Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts; Monk's Mood: A Performance Meditation on the Life and Music of Thelonious Monk, performed in Botswana, France, South Africa, and New York City; fastDANCEpast, created for the Detroit Institute for the Arts and reperformed at the Crystal Bridges Museum November 2016. He convenes the Black Performance Theory working group. In 2013, working with Takiyah Nur Amin, he founded the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, a growing consortium of 200 researchers which staged the conferences Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance in 2014, and Dancing the African Diaspora: Embodying the Afrofuturism in 2016. Tommy believes in our shared capacity to do better, and to engage our creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, anti-homophobic, proto-feminist, and queer affirming.

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