New Suns, Midwest Futures is a bi-weekly podcast series and interactive website focusing on queer and BIPOC Midwestern performing artists (born or relocated) working loosely around themes of land, place, identity, and social justice. Derived from Octavia Butler’s quote “There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns” this project is positioned within a critical feminist science fiction framework, aligning with speculative fiction’s ability to collectively imagine new systems and spaces outside of cis-patriarchal white supremacist models. New Suns: Midwest Futures specifically asks how dance and performance might employ science fiction strategies to build just futures beyond the “end of the world,” and how strategies of world-making and embodied resistance create networks and infrastructures for performing artists with marginalized identities in the Midwest to thrive. While not directly focused on COVID-19, the timely launch of this project will undoubtedly integrate the issues, concerns, and possibilities of moving out of the pandemic and collectively dreaming up what happens next in a considerably different social-political-ecological landscape as we come back together in person.


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