This article examines the filmic representations of the mulatta body in the films Sparkle (1976), Flashdance (1983) and Honey (2003). More specifically, this article seeks to unravel how the Hollywood filmic apparatus engages with signifiers of raced sexuality and hierarchies of dance styles to enforce and reify mythic narratives about dance, dancing raced bodies and dance-making. By establishing a genealogy of the mulatta body in a US context through dance and/or performance films, these juxtapositions illustrate how the mulatta subject develops from a tragic figure (in Sparkle) to an independent and self-reliant one (in Honey). Critical dance studies provide the analytical framework by allowing a focus on particular choreographed and ‘improvised’ dance sequences performed by each film’s respective mulatta protagonist.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media|
|State||Published - 2009|
- Mulatta body raced sexuality Hollywood film racialized hips hybridized movement/ choreograph
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts