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Critical Shade

Critical Shade

The Angular Logics of Black Appearance

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Tavia Nyong'o
NYU Press

This chapter revisits key debates over documentation and authenticity in the emergence of queer studies, which it considers through the work of a contemporary choreographer who engages in a process of what he calls “fictional archiving.” By reimagining black queer aesthetics as always already central to the development of postmodern dance and other contemporary aesthetic innovations, the chapter shows how this performance enacts a form of “critical shade” on white normative histories and pedagogies of dance, fashion, and performance.

Keywords:   Harrell, Trajal, Paris Is Burning (film), queer temporality, queer dance, postmodern dance, chusmeria, shade, performance

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