Author(s): Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson
A manifesto for more life, After the Party examines minoritarian artists who mobilize performance to survive the conditions of annihilation wrought by overlapping, histories of white supremacy, capitalism, colonialism, and heteropatriarchy. Drawing on the work of Nao Bustamante, Nina Simone, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Danh Vo, Eiko, and Tseng Kwong Chi, Chambers-Letson builds upon the thought of José Esteban Muñoz and other scholarship in queer of color theory, black studies, and Marxism to map performance's capacity to produce what he calls a communism of incommensurability. Describing performance as a rehearsal for new ways of being together in difference, After the Party moves between slavery, the Black Power movement, the first wave of the AIDS crisis, the Vietnam War, and the catastrophe-riddled horizon of the early twenty-first century to consider the worldmaking powers of performances forged in the spaces between queer of color life and death. With urgency and pathos, Chambers-Letson insists that minoritarian performance keeps our dead alive and with us as we struggle to survive and remake an increasingly precarious present. Book jacket.