Welcome to the 2020 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. We are excited to present our first-ever digital festival available for streaming through a special arrangement with Marquee TV. Festival programs…
Gender is imaginary, gender is a construct, and yet it is very real and how many of us perceive and identify ourselves. Is seeing a group of men dancing together odd? No. There is something slightly tribal about any group of humans dancing together, but what message does it convey when it is all men?
I don’t think it is possible to try and advance ways of seeing gender (or seeing anything) while staying within patriarchal confines of formalism. If WHAT is foregrounded–that is, basic body action—instead of HOW and WHY, we are doomed to repeat presentational clichés of identity. This is especially true in what I call homogeneous casting.
We can’t talk about women choreographers without an intersectional lens that includes choreographers of color—all our liberations are inexorably bound together. Bodies are certainly gendered, but bodies of color, particularly black bodies, are tragically racialized within our inherently racist and misogynistic, political, institutional, and artistic structures.