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Dancing the Museum Black: Activist Animations of the Social

Thomas F. DeFrantz    Northwestern University, USA    

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This chapter considers concepts of activism and Black presence in experiences of dance in museums. Working through concepts of Afropessimism, Afrofuturism, and the theoretical gathering notion of a Black Commons, I will offer four case studies of dance in the museum that render the space towards collective Black possibilities. The choreographic works Dapline! (2016), fastPASTdance (2017), as well as a reconstruction of Instead of Allowing Some Thing to Rise Up to Your Face Dancing Bruce and Dance and Other Things (2000) and the moving-image object APESHIT (2018) offer evidence of a special possibility for Black dance in the museum space; a creation of social space too-often denied to Black people in diaspora.

keywords: Afropessimism. Afrofuturism. Black dance. Black Commons. Activism.

Language: en

Submitted: April 15, 2021   Published: Sept. 16, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-534-6/010

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