Cover art from Christina Sharpe's "In The Wake: On Blackness and Being;" Cornelia Parker, Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson), 1999.

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MELT Reading Group

Thomas F. DeFrantz

7:00pm – 9:00pm
August 10, 2017
  • $3 suggested donation, open to the public
  • RSVP encouraged

The Afterlives of Slavery: Experimental Performance and the Specters of Race

In this session, work with dance theorist Thomas F. DeFrantz on the meanings and makings of dance in the contexts of global white privilege, coercion, and neocapitalist articulations of artistic freedom.


I am Black by Thomas F. DeFrantz

In The Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe

The Case of Blackness by Fred Moten

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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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 of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIP...