May 8: Surge Afrofuturism: “Not About Race Dance” Performance by GERALDCASELDANCE

Sunday, May 8, 2022
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

We invite you to a special performance, in collaboration with GERALDCASELDANCE and featuring an all-BIPOC dance ensemble, titled: Not About Race Dance— a collaborative, choreographic response to the unacknowledged racial politics in U.S. postmodern dance. This event is part of Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism, a multidimensional and transcultural month-long festival on Afrofuturism.

Surge Afrofuturism: Not About Race Dance Performance by GERALDCASELDANCE
May 8, 2022, 2 p.m.
Location: Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required for entry.
Parking is available in the Arts Lot #126. Purchase a permit or use ParkMobile

Dance artist and equity activator Gerald Casel will present Not About Race Dance, a collaborative, choreographic response to the racial politics of U.S. postmodern dance. Despite postmodernism’s popularity, its racial dynamics have gone largely unacknowledged. In Not About Race Dance, Casel and his collaborators occupy a space that has been historically defined by white artists to present a contrasting vision of where Black and Brown bodies belong. When the work premiered this past December, the Fjord Review said that the dancers were “intensely present and riveting…reclaiming the literal and sociological ‘white space’ of postmodern dancing in episodes that are vulnerable, cathartic, clever, and delivered with compelling rigor. Not About Race Dance features an all-BIPOC ensemble of five dancers that includes Styles Alexander, Gerald Casel, Audrey Johnson, Karla Quintero, and Cauveri Suresh, with an original score performed live by sound designer Tim Russell. Additional collaborators include Aron Altmark (lighting and media design) and Rebecca Chaleff (dramaturgy).

This event is part of Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism, a multidimensional and transcultural month-long festival on Afrofuturism spearheaded by composer/performer Karlton Hester, choreographer Gerald Casel, and artist Aaron Samuel Mulenga. Afrofuturism is a global artistic and social movement, intent on imagining a world where African-descended peoples and cultures can live and flourish. For Surge, an extended program of music and dance performances, film screenings, and discussions will bring together artists and thinkers to creatively engage Afrofuturist strategies for liberation and the restructuring of society free of racism.

Surge is made possible by generous support from the Nion McEvoy Family Trust, the National Endowment from the Arts, UCHRI, UCSC Academic Senate, Rowland and Pat Rebele, Porter College, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.


Since 1998, GERALDCASELDANCE has been creating and presenting experimental dance that combines social practice with creative and collaborative explorations. Each dance provokes reflection and implants its imagery into the viewer’s psyche by combining movement and spatial composition with metaphor. Dropping hints of narrative while inviting space for contemplation, the dances deliver multiple levels of interpretation and meaning. GERALDCASELDANCE has been presented at KuanDu Arts Festival Taiwan, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks and SplitStream), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Dancenow NYC, Aaron Davis Hall, 92nd Street Y, The Yard, Jacob’s Pillow (Inside/Out), Danceworks Milwaukee, ODC Theater and throughout Scotland following a company residency at Dancebase Edinburgh. Casel has been an artist in residence at ODC Theater, Movement Research, and has been awarded fellowships through the Hellman Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Freedom Fellow), National Center for Choreography Akron, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and The Bogliasco Foundation. For more information about GERALDCASELDANCE visit

Please familiarize yourself in advance with the full COVID-19 protocols required for admission