PARAMODERNITIES #3 / Revelations- The Afterlives of Slavery

  • Initial Presentation: June 2017, River To River Festival, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Created and Performed by Thomas DeFrantz (Duke University), Brittany Engel-Adams, Stanley Gambucci, Jeremy Jae Neal, Nicholas Leichter, and Netta Yerushalmy


Running time: Approximately 35 mins.


"How does 'the modern' as a conceptual mechanism make space for Blackness and Africanist aesthetics in dance? Can 'the modern' be inflected 'black?' Or does the contemporary concept of a commons-of-color predict that the inflection of 'the modern' towards communities of color would invariably render the modern as a Black object, rather than a modern one? Are these modernities of the body always white? What would a Black modern be, and what work does it do?" - DeFrantz


Paramodernities #3 was co-commissioned by Jacob's Pillow Dance and was created in part during a Jacob's Pillow Creative Development Residency, a BAC Space residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and at The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performance. Paramodernities is commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and developed as part of LMCC's Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( It is made possible, in part, by Harkness Dance Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program at 92Y, and was developed through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.