A Queer Survival Kit: Part III

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part I: Art Part II: Gaydar and Sex Item 4: Failure Failure is perhaps the most counterintuitive tool that appears in my toolkit. Compared to the last three items, failure takes on extremely negative connotations and seems completely irrelevant to the queer survival project, […]

A Queer Survival Kit: Part II

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part I: Art. Part III: Failure and Dance.   Item 2: A perfectly functional Gaydar Gaydar is a pun on the word radar, which refers to the ability to spot who the queer ones are in this overwhelmingly straight world. In the heterosexual discourse, […]

A Queer Survival Kit: Part I

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part II: Gaydar and Sex. Part III: Failure and Dance.   At a time when the illusion of social progress is dominating the mainstream discourse, I find that it is important to constantly remind ourselves that it is not easy to survive as a […]

The privileged male dancer

The privileged male dancer is everywhere in the dance world. The privileged male dancer is made possible thanks to the unprivileged female dancer, and the non-existent gender non-binary dancer. The privileged male dancer can start dancing in his 20s and go on to have a long-lasting successful dance career, unparalleled by his female colleagues. He […]

Vision: A tool for Colonization of Dance?

I have been having this conversation about the relationship between vision, (concert) dance and colonization quite a few times over the past week or so, in the context of the West African dance class at Brown, of which I am currently a Teaching Assistant. Admittedly, this is not an easy conversation, because it demands me […]