Intermediality and queer African American improvisation: Dianne mcintyre, sounds in motion

Thomas F. Defrantz*

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This article explores the work of choreographer Dianne McIntyre as an improvisational artist entangled in questions of intermedial relations among sounds and motions. It discusses the terms of performance in relation to emergent paradigms of Afro-pessimism, and argues for a black regard as a method of engaging with experimental performances by artists of African descent. The article explores theoretical terms of witness and encounter with black performance in relation to queer alterities, and non-normative modes of physical expression. The article suggests further need for research into the work of an outstanding black American female artist of theatre and dance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-127
Number of pages13
JournalTheatre Research International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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