Afrofuturist Remains: A Speculative Rendering of Social Dance Futures v2.0

Thomas F. DeFrantz*

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What are the refashioned circulations of the social in African American social dance? What might be alternative alignments of capital and dance-making, that might align the applied science of the physical within the social, as a doing enlivened by a being? If African American social dancing situates as a local present that animates memories of deep compassion, where are its unknowable future circumstances most likely to produce a social profit, of some sort? This essay explores an impossible afrofuture, a place where dance arrives as a memory of something propulsive, personal, and still in the future; an emancipated dance of communion that can be entirely mediated and digitally exchanged. The essay argues for afrofuturist remains that are pre-, pure-, and post-human iterations of corporeal connectivity: dance born of a belief in the social essence of creativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew World Choreographies
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameNew World Choreographies
ISSN (Print)2730-9266
ISSN (Electronic)2730-9274


  • Alternative Alignment
  • Birthday Party
  • Black Life
  • Music Video
  • Phrase Movement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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