Thomas F. DeFrantz
is professor of African and African American studies, dance,
and theater studies at Duke University. He is the director of slippage: Performance,
Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live-
performance applications, in residence at Duke University (www .slippage .org).
Projects include solo tap / technology piece Monk’s Mood: A Performance Meditation
on the Life and Music of Th elonious Monk; Th e House Music Project; and cane, an
immersive environment dance- theater work created in collaboration with Wideman /
Davis Dance. He edited Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American
Dance (2002, choice Award and Errol Hill Award) and authored Dancing Revela-
tions: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture (2004, de la Torre Bueno
Prize). Performances include the Morton Gould Tap Concerto with the Boston Pops
conducted by Keith Lockhart and the Duke Ellington Tap Concerto (David Danced)
with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra conducted by Mark Harvey. DeFrantz served as
president for the Society of Dance History Scholars, was book editor for the Dance
Critics Association, and organized the dance history program at the Alvin Ailey
School for many years. He is always interested in stories, how we tell them, and what
we think they might mean.
is a professor of theater at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She has authored two books, Afro- Mexico: Dancing between Myth and Reality (2010)
and Jarocho’s Soul (2005), that reveal the infl uence of African people and their
cultural productions on Mexican festival performance. Her essays about multicul-
tural and international performance appear in several edited collections including
Th e Community Performance Reader (Kuppers, ed.), Festive Devils (Riggio, Segura,
and Vignola, eds.), and the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Th eatre (George- Graves,
ed.). She has published articles in the Radical History Review, Modern Drama,
Performance Research International, and Dance Research Journal. Gonzalez is also
a director and choreographer whose work has appeared on pbs national television
and at Dixon Place, the Working Th eater, HereArts, Tribeca Performing Arts Center,
Ballet Hispanico, and other venues. She has been awarded a residency at Rockefeller’s
Bellagio Center (2003) and has completed three Senior Scholar Fulbright grants.
Gonzalez earned her PhD in Th eater / Performance Studies from the University
of Wisconsin, Madison (1997). She is an associate member of Stage Directors and