Queer Dance brings together artists and scholars in a multi-platformed project-book, accompanying website, and live performance series to ask, "How does dancing queerly progressively challenge us?" The artists and scholars whose writing appears in the book and whose performances and filmed interviews appear online stage a range of genders and sexualities that challenge and destabilize social norms. Engaging with dance making, dance scholarship, queer studies, and other fields, Queer Dance asks how identities, communities, and artmaking and scholarly practices might consider what queer work the body does and can do. There is great power in claiming queerness in the press of bodies touching or in the exceeding of the body best measured in sweat and exhaustion.How does queerness exist in the realm of affect and touch, and what then might we explore about queerness through these pleasurable and complex bodily ways of knowing?
-Never taking 'queer' or 'dance' for granted as stable terms, the contributors stretch and bend them to render visible the ways in which dance is a queer praxis and queerness is a dancing analytic. The result is a volume spinning pirouettes on the cutting edge of work being done in dance studies and queer studies.---E. Patrick Johnson, Chair of the Department of African American Studies, and Director of the Black Arts Initiative, Northwestern University