Dasha Chapman Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
- Ph.D., M.A. New York University
- B.A. Boston University
As an interdisciplinary dancer-scholar, my research and performance work in critical dance studies move through a nexus of African diaspora theory, performance studies, ethnography, queer/gender studies, and Caribbean thought. My teaching mirrors my scholarship as I engage these multiple modes in the classroom and beyond. I teach courses that blur the boundaries between the studio and the seminar room, and in all my work, dance makes space to explore the relationship between theory and practice.
My first book centers on the labor of five contemporary Haitian dance artists who work in both Haiti and in the diasporas of New York City and Boston. I examine the ways in which dance, as fostered by these Haitian artists, makes and remakes “Haiti” in ways that are not possible without collective practice, and I trace how the teaching and choreographic practices of these artists foster alternative political imaginations.
As a dance-maker, I work in site-specific collaboration with local artists to excavate, activate, and reimagine suppressed histories. I have facilitated collaborative performance projects in Port-au-Prince and Jeremie, Haiti (with Yonel Charles, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, and Ann Mazzocca), as an artist in residence at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC (with Aya Shabu), and in residence at Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans, LA (with Tè Glise Collective).
My writing appears in The Black Scholar, Dance Chronicle, as well as Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory in a special issue I co-edited with Erin Durban and Mario LaMothe titled, “Nou Mache Ansanm: Queer Haitian Performance and Affiliation.” Other essays are forthcoming in Theater Research International, Theater Journal, and a volume edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Dancing the African Diaspora (Duke University Press).
Prior to arriving at Davidson, I was Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies at Hampshire College and The Five College Dance Department. Before that, I held a Postdoctoral position in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, where I worked alongside Duke’s Haiti Lab, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and Dance.