pass/codes: Code Switching for Survival

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Brian Winn (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Ana Paula Höfling

Abstract: Code switching, a linguistic tactic used to alternate between two or more languages or registers, allows individuals to navigate their participation in conversation with others, especially when they recognize themselves as a minority within a particular setting. Queer people often utilize code switching tactics through gesture, body language, clothing, and other forms of non-verbal communication as a means to pass as straight in social settings where they feel uncomfortable or unsafe communicating their queer identity. In this paper, I write about my choreographic work pass/codes and the ways in which it addresses the monitoring and policing of queer identities in public and social settings. In addition to examining everyday gestural code switching, this paper also focuses on how the movement, costume, set pieces, and other elements of pass/codes provide a commentary on how gender and sexuality are read on the dance stage and offer representation that moves us toward a queer sociality.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
dance, dance studies, queer, lgbtqia, code switch

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