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. 

Introduction:

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)

Chapter 1:

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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