My name is Anh Vo. I am a Vietnamese choreographer, dancer, theorist and activist. I create dances and produce texts about (pornographic) sex and (queer) relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality. Having earned a B.A. from Brown University, I am currently based in Brooklyn, NY while completing the MA Program in Performance Studies at New York University. I have trained extensively in Dance Theory with Noémie Solomon and Rebecca Schneider; in Dance Composition with Juliana May, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Julie Strandberg along with various others.
For more (or perhaps less) information, please visit my personal website.
CultPlastic is my personal experimentation with writing, ideas, and thoughts regarding contemporary performances, arts, pornography, and pop culture. The blog was first created as an amorphous outlet for me to process the 2017 American Realness Festival, serving solely as a narcissistic project with which I could do whatever. As Cultplastic gained momentum and reached beyond my immediate social circle, I started giving more concrete and coherent form to the texts in order to get out of the self-centered mode of writing and to cultivate a more symbiotic relationship with my readers. Yet, the early narcissism remains imperative: to write from the self, to experiment with the self, to embrace an expansive sense of the self – the self is contagious in its boundless potential and urgency.
A lot of posts take the format of a performance review – but rather than rating a performance on a scale of one to ten, I will only use it as a proposition for me to contemplate about my own performance practice and to situate myself within the larger world. As such, the readers will probably not have a picture of how the performance looks like but rather leave with a sense of what the performance performs from my singular perspective.
trans/queer authors of color: José Muñoz, Samuel Delaney, Christina Sharpe
trans/queer white authors: Paul Preciado, Jack Halberstam, Michel Foucault
authors of color: Leanne Simpson, Franz Fannon
white authors: Rebecca Schneider, Karen Barad, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri, André Lepecki