Dance Film SF is excited and honored to collaborate with BalletBoyz to present their program Deluxe, as a part of our new Digital Season. BalletBoyz has allowed us to share this program, which would be on tour right now under normal circumstances. Read more about Deluxe program here, which includes Bradley 4:18 by Maxine Doyle, and Ripple by Xie Xin.
The directors of BalletBoyz say hello to our SFDFF community and introduce the special screening of their program.
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.
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.
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?