Performance for Surveillance by Nihaal Faizal
RECOGNIZING SYSTEMIC RACISM IN DANCE
By Alicia Mullikin
As a first generation Mexican American woman of color in the dance world I have experienced microaggressions that have caused significant barriers to my progress as a dance artist and damaged my emotional health as a person of color—and yet, what I have endured is only a drop in the bucket. Through conversations and collaboration with other dancers of color and colleagues, we named some of our personal experiences in the dance world that reinforced systemic racism. Though this is not an exhaustive list, it sheds light on some problematic power structures that contribute to continued inequity in dance. Here are a few ways you may have participated in systemic racism in dance.
ONIRICA by Marta Navaridas with Lau Lukkarila, Xianghui Zeng, Veza Fernández, trailer, Austria, 2020
Tensión by Verónica Lehner & House of Tupamaras, The Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá, 2020