Jerron Herman’s Relative: Utopic and Dangerous Feelings

Jerron Herman’s Relative can be perceived all at once as a solo danced by the choreographer himself, as a duo collaboration with soundscape and DJ performance by Kevin Gotkin, and as a collective clubbing experience for everyone and everything in the theater space. This ambiguous treading in-between the personal, the interpersonal, and the collective can be felt […]

On Whiteness and Abstraction: Anh Vo with Juliana F. May

Juliana F. May creates dances that interrogate the relationship between trauma and abstraction, or broadly speaking, between content and form. Her experimentation with structural dissonance often pushes narrative to the point where language falls apart, where meaning emerges not as the result of formulaic dramatic logics, but as tactile texture and visceral feeling.  When I […]

Rethinking Transracialism: Ariana Grande and Racial Ambiguity

This article revisits, revises, and expands on the arguments I make in Blackface and Pop Princesses: A Brief Genealogy. Previously, I wrote three brief paragraphs on Ariana Grande, trying to position her donning of black and brown visuality (i.e. blackface/brownface) alongside similar practices of other pop princesses such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Miley Cyrus. […]

The Dancing-Sexing Body

This article is originally published on Anomaly. The dancing-sexing body terrorizes the fantasy of an asexual beauty that the concert dancing body aspires to. The concert dancing body purges itself of sex, of the mundane, of the fleshy, and literally of flesh, in order to attain the precarious status of (white) Art, that which is […]

No Manifesto, Another One (2018)

No to the natural No to the ephemeral No to the neutral No to the habitual No to politics (but not the political) No to the authentic (but not the personal) No to new aesthetics (but not the experimental) No to polemics (but not the radical) No to the division between process and product No to […]