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PAST melt

[Virtual] MELT – What is this Black?

Thomas F. DeFrantz

10:00am – 12:00pm
August 10, 2020
  • This MELT workshop is being offered virtually through Zoom.

Movement Research offers this MELT workshop virtually over Zoom.

Workshop description:

How do we know which modes of Black thought brings us into making? Why are questions of Judson’s debt to the Black Arts Movement and improvisation finally coming forward? What does Black feminist thought portend for 21st-century experimental performance-making? Who was Aunt Hester, and why is her scream informing the work of Skeleton Architecture? How can I honor the ancestors while imagining an other-ways sort of being, in a future that isn’t entirely constrained by racists pasts? If we’re all engaged in Black Aesthetics, what parts am I moving through in my various identities? Come, share, make, learn, read, make, move, reflect, consider, grow. Cancel the culture of ignorance. you must be willing to not know…

MELT Zoom Etiquette Guidelines:

  • We ask that you please "Mute" yourself when you are not verbally participating.
  • Please do your best to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the session. If you plan to leave early, inform the faculty member at the top of class using the "Chat" function in your Zoom window.
  • Experiencing connectivity or technological issues? Either use the "Chat" function to communicate with the MR administrator, or email “[email protected]" and someone will assist you as soon as possible.


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Thomas F. DeFrantz

Thomas F. DeFrantz believes in our shared capacity to do better. Received the 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance award from the Dance Studies Association. Professor at Northwestern University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Tech...