Publication Date

April 2016


Hari Krishnan




English (United States)


This thesis explores the positionality of queer dancers of color in the field of performance art. The work is analyzed through the lenses of sociology, history, and performance theory. I first situate the work in multiple fields of study, namely race studies, gender studies, and sexuality studies. I then analyze the history of men in dance through a sociological perspective. Finally, I analyze the politics of performance and spectatorship in the context of various artists’ works, including my own. This thesis is primarily focused on analyzing the effects that the “queer of color” identity of male dancers has on their visibility and success in the dance field and how their bodies are situated within performance spaces, as well as with understanding how this positionality works to erase personal identity outside of cultural identity politics.



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