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PAST melt

MELT—i, abject: queer objectivities, or the art of ma(s)king dances

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

3:30pm – 6:00pm
July 8, 2019
Danspace Project

131 E 10th St New York, NY 10003

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Exit at 3rd ave and walk down to 10th street
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to Astor Place

This workshop is a compositional interrogation and an interrogational composition. We will consider our partialness and our specificity, troubling the deep grooves of authorship, identity, and representation. Through improvisational movement scores, choreographic studies, writing, and dialogue, we will gather around such questions as: How have I composed myself in order to compose? How have systems of power composed me to compose myself? What is it that I habitually relegate to the background while dancing, or in order to dance? What do I assume to be stable in order to produce mobility for myself? What does my dancing (re)produce? Can I become aesthetically clearer and (yet) less legible to a normative (or normativizing) gaze? How can I refuse to reproduce the lines of whiteness?

The following texts will frame our discussions. Please read them before our first meeting.

  • Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology, Chapter 3: The Orient and Other Others
  • José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia, Chapter 4: Gesture, Ephemera, and Queer Feeling: Approaching Kevin Aviance
  • Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda, “On Whiteness and The Racial Imaginary” –

Participants will be e-mailed the readings when they register.


You can explore the full schedule for Summer MELT 2019 here. Stay tuned for schedule updates and announcements.

We currently have multi-workshop pricing available, so you receive a discount when you register for 3 or more workshops:

Register for 1-2 workshops here.

Register for 3-5 workshops and receive #10% discount here.

Register for 6-8 workshops and receive 12% discount here.

Register for 9-14 workshops and receive 15% discount here.



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Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal is a mixed artist living around NYC since 2014. His solo performance work has been presented and/or commissioned by GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Roulette, Dixon Place, AUNTS, Center for Performance Research, and Brooklyn Art...