Visiting Artist | November 14 - 23, 2021
Not About Race Dance
Santa Cruz, California-based artist Gerald Casel came to MANCC for the first time to further his project Not About Race Dance, which is a collaborative choreographic response to the predominance of whiteness in U.S. postmodern dance. The title cites Neil Greenberg’s iconic Not About AIDS Dance from 1994 and its tactics to call attention to the unacknowledged racial politics in dance – particularly how whiteness has historically formed the structures and privileges of postmodern dance. Whiteness is the “not race” that Casel’s work exposes as the dominant social structure in dance.
While at MANCC, Casel worked with an ensemble of dancers and his technical director, composer/musician, and dramaturg to continue to hone both the movement material and production elements of the work. Casel and their collaborators also facilitated a long table discussion about race in dance and performance entitled Dancing Around Race. This discussion is part of a series led by Casel since 2018 that is meant to be in conversation with the choreographic work, Not About Race Dance. This facilitated discussion preceded a showing of Not About Race Dance in which participants were invited to return to watch the work.
This residency is supported, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Production Residency in Dance Grant and the NDP Community Engagement Fund.
Not About Race Dance premiered at CounterPulse in San Francisco, CA Dec. 2021.