American Realness

Aesthetics live within the structure of whiteness just like we do

Moderated by Jaime Shearn Coan, with Emily Berry, Moira Brennan, Cori Olinghouse, Craig Peterson, Jesse Phillips-Fein, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes

Saturday January 7, 11:00am – 2:00pm

ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place / Free / RSVP

For this event, white dance artists, presenters, funders, and writers will reflect on how their practices are informed by and operate within white aesthetic supremacy, and how they have worked to visibilize and challenge the normalization of whiteness in their dance communities and within their particular positions in the field. With the intention of shifting the labor often placed on artists of color in discussions of racial equity to white artists, the remarks of the opening white-identified speakers will serve as starting points for the consequent conversation. This event will feature presentations/conversations on three topics: 1. How white aesthetic supremacy structures the evaluation and reception of contemporary concert dance and experimental performance. 2. Identifying white aesthetics and cultural appropriation in dance-making practices. 3. Equity vs. Inclusion in presenting, funding and casting dance.

Image courtesty of Lakela Brown