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Dancing the Museum Black: Activist Animations of the Social

Thomas F. DeFrantz    Northwestern University, USA    



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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