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VK Preston is an Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University who works in interdisciplinary and dramaturgical collaborations with artists and scholars. Their research draws from performance historiography centering dance. VK completed doctoral work at Stanford University in Theatre and Performance Studies with fellowships at l’École normale supériere and La Cité des Arts in Paris. VK has worked on faculty at Brown University, the University of the Arts, and University of Toronto. Their writing on dance, history, and performance appears in Theatre Journal, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment, Performance Research, TDR/The Drama Review, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, and History, Memory, Performance. VK works across performing arts disciplines, following professional dance and theatre practice and training in Montreal, Berlin, San Francisco and Warsaw. VK’s writing projects include studies of art and performance entangled with the colonial invasion of the Americas, embodiment, racial capitalism, decolonization, non-binary gender, and translation studies. These works range from early ballet archives to contemporary art and performance practices, media, and environmental crisis. They have worked with research support from the Mellon Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Connaught Foundation, and Canada Council. VK works across performing arts disciplines, and they are currently working on their first monograph.

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