Tanya Jayani Fernando
TANYA JAYANI FERNANDO (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is completing a book on the avant-garde concept of shock. She has written a play on dance, patronage, and race, called Dance, Salome! Dance!
Danspace Project, a leading space for experimental contemporary dance, just finished a two-month program that examined the meaning of black dance. Curator and choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones asked, [D]oes Black Dance even exist? And assuming it does, what defines it?