David Gere, Introduction and Chapter 1 of "How to Make Dances in an Epidemic" -- Reading questions Due Monday March 5

Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of required course text How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS  by David Gere.

The following questions will guide your reading.  Provide written answers to them for Monday's class. 


1. How does the AIDS quilt function as a symbol? (p. 6-7)

2. How does Gere justify the expanded notion of what choreography is that he brings to bear in this book? (p. 8-11)

3. What three featured did Gere find that AIDS dances had in common? (p. 11-12)

4. What is the scope of work addressed in this book?  (p. 24-26)

5. In what year was the AIDS epidmeic "discovered"? (p. 28)

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6. In what ways has dance come to be associated with AIDS? (p. 40-41)

7.  What is "tumescence"?  What is "exudation"?  Why does Gere bring these terms up? (p. 49-50)

8. What techniques does Keith Hennessy use to connect to his audience in Saliva? (p. 51-63)

9. What is Gere's interpretation of Saliva? (p. 63)

10. What kinds of choreography did the ACT  UP FDA protest employ? (p. 67-76)

11. What major points of comparison does Gere make between the two benefits featured in Chapter 1? (p. 77-89)

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