A Queer Impression
This essay attends to origin stories of queerness and dance from the author’s younger years, to suggest that his contemporary manifestations of queer dance emerge from contexts that may not traditionally be labeled as “queer” or “dance.” He describes dance pedagogies offered by his Indian aunties in Ghana, to explain how they inform his queer choreographies and politics as a drag queen performing in the multicultural US nightclub and online. Specifically, he considers how he creates his drag persona, LaWhore Vagistan, blending Bollywood vocabulary and music with drag queen performance in a way that exceeds a colonizing, patriarchal, femme-phobic gaze.
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