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MELT Reading Group

Clare Croft

7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 20, 2017
  • $3 suggested donation, open to the public
  • RSVP encouraged

Touching the Archive of the Everyday, or why Lesbians Need to break Grammar Rules

This reading group will focus on the writing of iconic dance writer, Jill Johnston, to consider how rhythm and the sensorial move across modes of archiving dance, archiving the everyday, and archiving queer identities. We’ll read three columns written by Johnston, published in The Village Voice, to consider how writing, dance, and affect—specifically lesbian affect—suggest a queer archiving practice. Johnston’s writing will be complemented by reading from lesbian and queer theorist Ann Cvetkovich’s 2003 book, Archives of Feelings.


Selections from Ann Cvetkovich An Archive of Feelings (Duke 2003): 1-3, 7-8.

Selections from Jill Johnston Marmalade Me (Dutton 1971): “Over His Dead Body,” 132-135; “Ergo Sum” 290-294.

Selections from Jill Johnston Lesbian Nation (Simon and Schuster 1973): “Lois Lane Is a Lesbian,” 11, 135-143.

MELT Reading Groups provide an opportunity to gather socially to discuss critical issues that speak to the work and practices of contemporary dance and movement-based artists. The reading groups are free and are led by various writers, artists and seminal thinkers in our field. Each reading group is anchored by a text or texts made available in advance. Check the website for details and to download readings. RSVP encouraged, space is limited.

ASSISTIVE SERVICES: Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made two weeks in advance of the event by contacting Anna Adams Stark at [email protected] or 212.598.0551 (voice only).



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Clare Croft

Clare Croft is a writer, a dance historian and theorist, and sometimes a dramaturg and curator. She is the editor Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (Oxford 2017), and the author of Dancers as Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange...