Photo of Thomas F. DeFrantz, courtesy of the artist

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, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Books: Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), Dancing Revelations Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004), Black Performance Theory, co-edited with Anita Gonzalez (Duke University Press, 2014), Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion, co-edited with Philipa Rothfield (Palgrave, 2016). Creative: soundz at the back of my head commissioned by Gibney (2020 Bessie Nomination for Sound Design!); Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts; Monk’s Mood: A Performance Meditation on the Life and Music of Thelonious Monk, performed in Botswana, France, South Africa, and New York City; fastDANCEpast, created for the Detroit Institute for the Arts and reperformed at the Crystal Bridges Museum November 2016; reVerse-gesture-reVIEW commissioned by the Nasher Museum in response to the work of Kara Walker, January, 2017. Leadership Team: UArts Mobile Architecture MFA in Dance.


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Upcoming Classes & Events

Past Classes & Events

[Virtual] Dancing the End of Days

, 2022

[Virtual] MELT – Making*Queering*Dancing

Jan 18 – Jan 22, 2021

[Virtual] MELT – What is this Black?

Aug 10 – Aug 14, 2020

MELT – Moving Words Worlding Dancing

Jan 7 – Jan 11, 2019

MELT—Deconstructing Perceptions

Jan 10 – Jan 14, 2018

MELT Reading Group

August 10, 2017