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Imani M'at Taylor performs in Jennifer Harge's mourn and never tire at EXPLODE in Riverside, CA. Photo by Jimmy Lai.

2018 - 2019: EXPLODE! queer dance

EXPLODE! queer dance re-imagines the potential of queer dance today. Queerness, in activism and artmaking, has always pivoted on the promise of coalition. Lesbian, trans, bi, gay, two spirit people and queer people can come together and make something with their sweat and their bodies. Yet sexism, racism, classism, colonialism, and transphobia have kept that promise from being fully realized.


EXPLODE! takes on this challenge.



In 2019, Daring Dances produced a national tour of EXPLODE! queer dance with stops in Riverside, CA; and Chicago. EXPLODE! brings together queer dance artists from both the locales in which the festival premieres and earlier iterations of the festival in Michigan, to consider the possibilities of dancing queerly.

EXPLODE in Riverside, CA

EXPLODE queer dance takes to the road, in a collaboration with the University of California-Riverside Department of Dance and their Indigenous Choreographers Initiative for three days of performance and collaboration at the University of California-Riverside/ARTSBLOCK and the University of California-Riverside's Department of Dance.

MAY 30 - JUNE 1, 2019

Performances took place at Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA, and featured performances by Jennifer Harge, Jennifer Monson & DD Dorvillier, Post Natyam Collective, and Lukas Avendaño, among others--all hosted by LaWhore Vagistan.

EXPLODE: midwest

EXPLODE queer dance, in a co-curation by Clare Croft and Anna Martine Whitehead, explores queer dance in and of the Midwest.

AUGUST 8-11, 2019

Performances took place at Links Hall, Northwestern University, and various Chicago sites. (This festival was sponsored by and ran co-currently with the Annual Conference of the Dance Studies Association.)

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