Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz

  • Professor
  • African & African American Studies
  • 243 Ernestine Friedl Bldg., Rm. 243C
  • Phone: (919) 668-1929
  • Recent Publications

      • T. DeFrantz.
      • (August, 2012).
      • “Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Social Dance.
      • in Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations
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      • (pp. 128-142).
      • T. DeFrantz.
      • (2012).
      • “Performing The Breaks: African American Aesthetic Structures.
      • Theatre Journal
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      • 40
      • (1)
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      • 31-38.
      • T. DeFrantz.
      • (September, 2011).
      • Theorizing Connectivity: African American Women in Concert Dance.
      • Journal of Pan African Studies
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      • 4
      • (6)
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      • 56-74.
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      Publication Description

      This essay explores genealogies of Black women's presence in American modern dance to theorize connectivity as a methodology to appreciate their creative work. The legacies of more familiar dance artists, including Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham, are discussed in relation to achievements and interventions by less-discussed, but no less important, African American women including Joan Myers Brown, Judy Dearing, Thelma Hill, Carole Johnson, and Edisa Weeks. The essay offers evidence of a radical creative tradition within these genealogies; one that has been less widely appreciated by mainstream histories of dance, but surely influential in the creation of American concert dance.

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