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Gu Jiani and Wang Xuanqi in Gu Jiani’s Left & Right during the 2017 EXPLODE! queer dance festival at JACK. Photo by Al Evangelista.

Daring Dances in the News:


Dancing Identities/Defining Place:
An evening of dance w/ Audrey Johnson & Leila Awadallah


A New Performance at the Arab American National Museum Explores Identity and Place Through Dance

wdet CULTURESHIFT, November 11, 2019

Praise for Daring Dances:


EXPLODE! queer dance 2019


"The hits kept on coming in EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest in Chicago in August.”

-Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine

Dance Magazine,"The Best Dance of 2019," December 10, 2019

EXPLODE! queer dance 2017


“EXPLODE! set out to tackle inextricable challenges of strengthening ties among queer dance artists and dismantling racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, and white supremacy. A tall order, but why aim for less?”

-Siobhan Burke, New York Times

New York Times review, June 27, 2017


“…an effort to shift the terms of what constitutes a desirable life…”

The Brooklyn Rail, September 7, 2017

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