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Rebecca Chaleff

Dance Faculty


Rebecca Chaleff is a dance scholar, performer, and dramaturg. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside. Rebecca’s research merges critical theory with practice to engage questions around the relationships between embodiment and representation. Her current book project analyzes how reperformance and legacy building projects shape and are shaped by the politics of race and sexuality. In particular, the manuscript engages with the affective attachments of queer and racialized histories to question how choreographic claims to artistic afterlives reinforce sociocultural hierarchies that privilege whiteness and homonationalism.

Rebecca’s writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes, including Dance Research Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, and The Futures of Dance Studies. As a dancer, she has had the pleasure of performing with GERALDCASELDANCE, Pat Catterson, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Repertory Understudy Group, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Molissa Fenley and Company, and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, among others. She is currently dramaturging a new work in collaboration with Gerald Casel.


Ph.D., Stanford University


Research areas

dance performance, practice-based research, queer theory, and critical race studies


Galbraith Hall 327