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Embodying Resistance: Warrior Fantasies and Dancing into Danger
Type Program
Track(s) Power, Privilege, and Oppression (Reading, Viewing, and Critiquing Science Fiction)
Description When is the dancing body a signifier of resistance in SF/F? Three recent projects—Sucker Punch, Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid, and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) feature dancers as ciphers, funnels for both audience response and emotional thrust of the narrative. In Monae's "Tightrope" and in Sucker Punch, dance is an escape from the control of the asylum. In LXD, dance is, explicitly, a weapon—it summons and controls the ra, a spiritual force with the power to manipulate the physical, and becomes the visual link for the kind of violence common to "our" world and this one. This panel talks about the use of dance in SF/F stories of resistance and survival, paying particular attention to its use in stories featuring female characters and characters of color.
Location Conference 4
Schedule Fri, 9:00–10:15 pm
Panelists M: Genevieve A. Lopez.
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