Thomas F. Defrantz/Slippage: Soundz at the Back of My Head - Gibney
Week of July 2, 2020
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Thomas F. Defrantz/Slippage: Soundz at the Back of My Head

Man in a dance position holding a laptop in the air.


Thursday & FRIDAY, 6:00 PM

Soundz at the Back of my Head is the third and final installment of the talkingdance series begun with …i am black [you have to be willing to not know] and continued with white privilege. This dialogic manifesto talking-dancing-technology work engages its audience with the contradictory impulses that run through the creative imagination of an artist working within experimental performance and the afterlives of slavery. Like the first two installments, this new original hour-long creation will rely on text and live-processing interfaces that will translate the performer’s gestures and words into media as sound, image, light. With Quran Karriem and Rebecca Uliasz.

Please join us for a post-show Toast on January 11, and post-performance discussion moderated by Jasmine Johnson on January 10.


Thomas F. Defrantz directs SLIPPAGE@Duke:Performance|Culture|Technology;
group explores emerging technology in live performance.
Received 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance award, Dance Studies Association. Believes in our shared capacity to do better, and engage our creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, anti-homophobic, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. Contributed concept and voice-over for permanent installation on Black Social Dance at Smithsonian Museum of African American Life. Writer and director, Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty commissioned by Theater Offensive of Boston and Flynn Center for the Arts; fastDANCEpast, created for Detroit Institute for the Arts; reVERSE-gesture-reVIEW commissioned by Nasher Museum in response to work of Kara Walker. Recent performances with Netta Yerushalmy and Kathy Westwater. Recent teaching: University of the Arts Mobile MFA in Dance; Lion’s Jaw Festival; Movement
Research MELT; ImPulsTanz; New Waves Institute; faculty at
Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, Duke, University of Nice. Founding member, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance.

Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Text commissioned by Theater Magazine.

Gibney Presents, curated by Senior Curatorial Director Eva Yaa Asantewaa, is Gibney’s premier presentation series, offering a rich blend of dance and performance in fully produced, evening-length commissions.


Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.

We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

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Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
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