UCR Dance and UCR ARTS: EXPLODE! Queer Dance Festival

UCR Department of Dance and UCR ARTS present

EXPLODE!  Queer Dance Festival
Curated by Clare Croft, Associate Professor, Department of Dance and Department of American Culture, University of Michigan

May 31-June 1, 2019

May 31, Friday, 8:00-10:00 pm
June 1, Saturday, 6:00-8:00 pm

The Saturday performance time is incorrectly listed elsewhere - but begins at 6:00 pm

Reserve your free ticket here

Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
3824 Main Street, Riverside (951) 827-4787
Free admission.

Read an article by Sandra B. Martinez, University Communications, here.

EXPLODE! Queer Dance Festival re-imagines the potential of queer dance today. Queerness, in activism and art making, has always pivoted on the promise of coalition. Lesbian, trans, bi, gay, and queer people can come together and make something with their sweat and their bodies. Yet sexism, racism, classism, and transphobia have kept that promise from being fully realized in practice.

EXPLODE! takes on this challenge. The two-night festival, hosted by fierce desi drag queen LaWhore Vagistan and curated by dance scholar Clare Croft, features a range of dance forms - including South Asian dance, improvisation, Indigenous performances, and drag - danced by artists from across the US and around the world.

Artists include:
Lukas Avendaño
Shash Yázhí Charley
DD Dorvillier and Jennifer Monson
Jennifer Harge
Cuauhtemoc Peranda  
Post Natyam Collective featuring Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty
Hosted by LaWhore Vagistan

This production of EXPLODE! Queer Dance Festival is coordinated in collaboration with the 2019 Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering, with overlapping programming.

INFORMATION: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  dance.ucr.edu

Photo credit: LaWhore Vagistan (Kareem Khubchandani), by Al Evangelista.


Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

UCR ARTS, Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts
3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Event Type

Arts, Dance


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Alumni, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public


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Free admission. Reservation required.

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