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Decolonizing Dance; Celebrating Bodies of Color

San Antonio, TX
Organization: Teatro Palo Alto
Categories: Hispanic & Latino, Popular Culture, Women's Studies, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Native American, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-04-30 to 2020-05-02 Abstract Due: 2019-10-31

The Division of Dance and Teatro Palo Alto at Palo Alto College invites the international community of dancers and scholars to our first annual dance festival, Decolonizing Dance: Celebrating Bodies of Color, centering artists who live and work on the margins of dance and movement, April 30- May 2nd, 2020.

We welcome dance professionals who are Black, Indigenous, or of color to submit work that will contribute to a dynamic conversation on decolonization and dance.


…we learn and transmit knowledge through embodied action, through cultural agency, and by making choices. Performance, for me, functions as an episteme, a way of knowing, not simply an object of analysis…If performance did not transmit knowledge, only the literate and powerful could claim social memory and identity. Diana Taylor (xvi, xvii)

Taylor, D. (2003). The Archive and The Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press.


Topics we are looking to include in the festival will address any of the following components;

Decolonizing the western canon, what are the different ways in which we do that?

What are ways we can exert agency over the body of color?

Do you really have agency in a body of color?

Topics of representation when the lens/gaze is the other.

What place does conocimiento/tacit knowledge have in the body of color?

Strategies for negotiating accessibility, visibility and equity in performance

Issues of visibility and recognition of knowledge production from an intersectional sensibility



Amber Ortega