White Dancer Loops
The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will present White Dancer Loops, an MFA project, by graduate student Teresa Salas in collaboration with anthropology doctoral student Ileanna Cheladyn on April 11-14 in the Della Davidson Performance Studio, Nelson Hall. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free, but reservations are required.
White Dancer Loops observes the hegemonies of dance and dancing bodies. We question the parameters of what is considered dance, beauty, virtuosity, and complicity through the prioritized perspectives of white and northern values of performance and spectatorship. Looking to disorient the sensation and perception of gendered, colonized, and racialized assumptions we use dance to emphasize the weaving of dancing, embodiment, and politics along lines of liberation, violence, and connection.
The project is directed by Salas in collaboration with Cheladyn with scenography by alumnus Joseph Fletcher (M.F.A. dramatic arts, ‘22). The work is performed by Salas, Cheladyn and undergraduate students Eva Anderson, Harshita Rao and Yi Zhu.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science. For information about other department productions, visit theatredance.ucdavis.edu.