Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies in/and the Humanities, Stanford TAPS (2015-16)
Footwork! Bodily Discourses of Dissent at the New Orleans Second Line
On most Sundays in New Orleans, you can find a second line parade winding through one of the city’s African American neighborhoods. Since the late-nineteenth century, black New Orleanians have staged these grassroots processions, attracting thousands of residents to dance behind a brass band for hours on end. Second liners move their feet in time with complex rhythms, climb atop buildings and leap over one another, all while following the parade’s multi-mile route. In this talk, Carrico will share her research on the second line’s rich dance tradition, proposing that second lining can be productively considered as a bodily discourse of dissent. For citizens who have been historically barred from mainstream discourses, dance can be harnessed as a vehicle for articulating radical worldviews about citizenship, white supremacy, and patriarchy. This talk examines second liners’ dissenting discourses in danced movements and in choreographic uses of the cityscape.
Tuesday, November 10, 5:00-6:30 PM
Memorial Auditorium, Room 125
This event is free, but please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It receives administrative support from Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and additional funding from Stanford’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.