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FIRST FRIDAY | Amanda Reid: Caribbean Dance and the Queer Migratory Archive

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FIRST FRIDAY | Amanda Reid: Caribbean Dance and the Queer Migratory Archive

FRI DEC 03 @ NOON-1PM

Roble Gym Lounge | Open to Stanford Students, Faculty, and Staff

 

In 1968, in the wake of West Indian decolonialization and at the height of a series of anti-racist social movements now known collectively as Caribbean Black Power, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) staged a queer and troubling performance of Plantation Revelry (1963). The dance controversially re-imagined the Plantation as a site for joyous diasporic homecoming, rather than a scene of terror, causing Jamaican scholars like Sylvia Wynter to publicly challenge the NDTC’s anti-racist politics. Reid grapples with the legacy of this forgotten dance and what it reveals about how gender, sexuality, and migration influenced the emergence of performance scenarios and representational taboos about blackness in post-colonial Jamaica. By tracing the racial migrations of Wynter and Nettleford, Reid argues for a transnational historical ethnographic practice in Caribbean critical dance studies.

Image credit: Maria La Yacona, courtesy of the NDTC Archives

 

ABOUT AMANDA REID

Amanda ReidAmanda Reid is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center and a Lecturer in TAPS. She writes and teaches about dance, queer studies, transnational historical methodologies, and post-colonial Caribbean black radicalism. Her current manuscript project, Smaddification: Dance and West Indian Decolonization, explores maximalist queer diaspora aesthetics in Jamaican concert dance to theorize West Indian regional visions of blackness, bodily freedom, and cultural autonomy. She received her PhD from the Department of History at The University of Michigan. 

Event Details

Date: December 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Roble Gym Lounge
Address: 375 Santa Teresa Street