White Privilege - A dialogic performance manifesto

donderdag 09 december 2021, 19:00 - 21:00 uur
Academie voor Theater en Dans
Jodenbreestraat 3
1011 NG Amsterdam

With Thomas de Frantz & Quran Karriem
As part of 'Critical Race Theory‘ with Thomas de Frantz

Is everyone always automatically expected to share the concerns of people of color? Do we all really have to pay attention to race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity? What constitutes “white privilege?” If I’m not interested in being part of some solution, am I really part of the problem?What if I’m a maker / audience / presenter who happens to be interested in love, or formal structure, or myth, or universal qualities of empathy? What am I to do now?

This performance is a dialogic performance manifesto; an improvised lecture transcribed and performed as an investigation with the sonic input of a SenseBall, an electronic device that sounds in relation to gesture. This performance choreographs words and sounds to suggest an assembly of difference and resistance, to explore concepts of social assembly using the tools of the lecture as theatrical event. The aim of this dialogic performance manifesto is to facilitate and enter into a broader dialogue within the current art field when it regards topics of white privilege and how we can collectively do better.

This event is for artists, collaborators, curators, movement researchers, teachers, students, art enthusiasts and the like…

An interactive performance piece by Thomas de Frantz with sonicscape by Quran Karriem.
Curated by Joy Mariama Smith


You can make your reservations online. Click on the date and follow the instructions:
December 9th, 2021 - 19.00-21.00

We work with the CoronaCheck app for access for audience age 13 and older.
Make sure you can show the corona ticket together with your ID at the entrance of the room/studio.

About Thomas F. DeFrantz
Thomas F. DeFrantz believes in our shared capacity to do better, and to engage our creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, anti-homophobic, proto-feminist, and queer affirming.
Thomas F. DeFrantz studied music composition and computer science as an undergraduate. Received the 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance award from the Dance Studies Association. Consultant for the Smithsonian Museum of African American Life and Culture, contributing concept and voice-over for permanent installation on Black Social Dance that opened with the museum in 2016.
Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications: crafting interfaces that translate movements into light and sound to underscore the creative concerns at hand.


About Quran Karriem
Quran Karriem is an experimental musician, interface designer, and installation artist, working primarily with electronic and digital media.
His work examines individualist and collectivist manifestations in live performance and virtual environments. Quran holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing a PhD at Duke University.

Critical Race Theory with Thomas de Frantz’ is a SNDO programming initiative (fka Critical Whiteness).
Critical Race Theory is part of an ongoing initiative at SNDO that examines issues around race, diversity and inclusivity in the curriculum and within the context of ATD and Amsterdam at large.
To date, we have had events with guest, Angela Davis (A week with Angela Davis), Keith Henessy and Ishmael Houston-Jones (teaching a workshop and a performance), and now Thomas DeFrantz.