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Blondell Cummings

A resource of selected archives, bibliographies, and pedagogical tools relating to the work of choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings (1944-2015).

Dance and Performance Studies

  • Albright, Ann Cooper. Engaging Bodies: The Politics and Poetics of Corporeality. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2013.

  • Bissell, Bill and Linda Caruso Haviland, eds. The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2018.

  • Conquergood, Dwight. Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.

  • Davis, Tracy C., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 

  • DeFrantz, Thomas and Anita Gonzalez. Black Performance Theory. Durham, NC; London: Duke University Press, 2014.

  • Foster, Susan Leigh. Dances That Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull. Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

  • Goldman, Danielle. I Want to Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.

  • Gottschild, Brenda Dixon. Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts. Westport, CT.: Praeger, 1998.

  • Gottschild, Brenda Dixon. The Black Dancing Body: A Geography From Coon to Cool. 1st edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

  • Johnson, E. Patrick. “Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures.” in Performance Studies Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005. 446-463.

  • Lepecki, André, ed. Of the Presence of the Body: Essays on Dance and Performance Theory. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004.

  • Manning, Susan. Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004. 

  • Noland, Carrie. Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

  • Pavis, Patrice. Analyzing Performance: Theater, Dance, and Film. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.

  • Rosenthal, Stephanie, ed. Move: Choreographing You: Art and Dance Since the 1960s. London; Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2011.


  • Janevski, Ana and Thomas Lax. Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. New York, NY: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.

  • Cunningham, Merce, Meredith Monk, et al. Art Performs Life: Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones. Minneapolis; New York, N.Y.: Walker Art Center; 1998.

  • Rosenthal, Stephanie, ed. Move: Choreographing You: Art and Dance Since the 1960s. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2011.