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Tara Aisha Willis

Tara Aisha Willis is a dance artist and PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU. She is an editor for The Drama Review (TDR) and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Her writing has recently appeared in the Movement Research Performance Journal.

In Conversation

RESIDUE AND REORDERING

"It sort of seems like blackness is taking up space in an affirming way."

In Conversation

URGENT TOMORROWS

Performer, choreographer, and scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz and dance artist niv Acosta have co-curated a weekend of performances, screenings, discussions, a dance party, and even a brunch, around the themes of  “Afrofuturism and utopian/dystopian visions of a queer Black tomorrow” at JACK in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The series, titled “afroFUTUREqu##r”and produced by Shireen Dickson, includes performances by Grisha Coleman, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Niall Jones, Eto Otitigbe, Brother(hood) Dance!, Christina Blue & Adam Boothman, and others—including the curators themselves. Before the festival, Tara Aisha Willis spent some time chatting with DeFrantz and Acosta about their curatorial process, their take on queer Afrofuturism, and the potency of performance.

In Conversation

URGENT TOMORROWS
NIV ACOSTA & THOMAS F. DEFRANTZ with Tara Aisha Willis

Performer, choreographer, and scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz and dance artist niv Acosta have co-curated a weekend of performances, screenings, discussions, a dance party, and even a brunch, around the themes of “Afrofuturism and utopian/dystopian visions of a queer Black tomorrow” at JACK in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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