Emory Friends of Dance Lecture
Queer Spaces in Anna Sokolow's Rooms
Celebrated for its themes of postwar alienation, Anna Sokolow's Rooms (1954) also subverted 1950s expectations for gendered and sexualized bodies onstage. Through reading Rooms as a queer text within the context of the Lavender Scare, this talk shows how queer lives were central to the general marginalized experience Sokolow presented in this dance. Kosstrin posits that through representations like Rooms, queerness defined the 1950s mainstream.
Dr. Hannah Kosstrin is a dance historian whose work engages dance, Jewish, and gender studies. At The Ohio State University, she is assistant professor in the Department of Dance and affiliate faculty with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. She is author of Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow.