Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Writings edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez,  Duke University Press, 2014.

Black performance theory is a rich interdisciplinary area of study and critical method. In this collection of new essays, some of its pioneering thinkers demonstrate the breadth and depth, innovation, and critical value of black performance theory.

Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality by Anita Gonzalez with photos by Jose Manuel Pellicer and George O Jackson Jr. University of Texas Press, 2004.

Anita Gonzalez articulates African ethnicity and artistry within the broader panorama of Mexican culture. She illustrates how dance reflects upon social histories and relationships and documents how residents of Mexico construct their histories through performance.

Interactive Website

19th Century Acts

The 19th Century Acts digital humanities tool visualizes the historical biographies and live performances of Edwin Booth, Jenny Lind and Ira Aldridge through the amalgamation of archival texts and the visualization of the ephemeral acts of performance. Through the documentation of geographical and historical data, along with images and sound captions, this tool serves as an engaging, online learning platform

Book Contributions

  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Framing and Naming Black British Dance,” British Dance: Black Routes edited by Christy Adair and Ramsey Burt. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Negotiating Theatrics: Dialogues of the Working Man,” The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater edited by Nadine George-Graves. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN# 978-0-19-991749-5
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Pancho and Minga: Devilish Renegades of Mexico,” Festive Devils of the Americas (Enactments) edited by Milla Cozart Riggio, Angela Marino, and Paolo Vignolo. Chicago: Seagull, 2015. ISBN# 978-0857421791
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Tactile and Vocal Communities in Urban Bush Women’s Shelter and Praise House,” The Community Performance Reader edited by Petra Kuppers and Gwen Robertson. New York: Routledge, 2007. ISBN # 978-0415392310
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Theater as Cultural Exchange,” Latinas On Stage, edited by Alicia Arrizón and Lillian Manzor.  Berkeley: Third Women, 2000. ISBN# 0943219175

Journal Articles

  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Aldridge in Action: Building a Visual Digital Interface,” Theatre Journal (68) 2016, E1-15. READ ARTICLE
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Megaship Economies and Transnational Maritime Performance,” Theatre Research International, 39, pp. 182 – 197 (September 2014). READ ARTICLE
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “ Maritime Scenography and the Spectacles of Cruising,” Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts 18.3 On Scenography, pp.27 – 31,  (September 24,  2013). READ ARTICLE
  • Gonzalez, Anita: “Diversifying African American Drama,” Theatre Topics, 19:1 (March 2009), 59-66. READ ARTICLE
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Indigenous Acts: Black and Native Performances in Mexico,” Radical History Review, Issue 103 (Winter 2009) 131-141.
  • Cox, Aimee Meredith, with Tiye Giraud, Anita Gonzalez, Petra Kuppers, and Carrie Sandahl. “Anarcha Anti-Archive,” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 4.2 (2008)
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Bush Women,” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Issue 28, 14:2 (2005) 27.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Urban Bush Women: Finding Shelter in the Utopian Ensemble.” Modern Drama (47:2) 250-268.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Mambo and the Maya,” Dance Research Journal Vol. 35/2 and 36/1, (Winter 2003 and Spring 2004) 131-145. READ ARTICLE
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Jawole Zollar’s Praise House and the Ecstasy of the Black Church Ritual,” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Lawrence: University of Kansas (Summer, 2004) 123-135.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “A Theater Studies Look at Maya Performance,” Community College Humanities Review  22/1 (Fall 2001), 99-113.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Caught Between Expectations: Producing, Performing, and Writing Black/African, Latino, and American Aesthetics,” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Spring 1999),149-156. READ ARTICLE
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Un lugar Caliente, lleno de polvo y mosquitos,” Tramoya. (Jan. 1994), 130-132.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Urban Bush Women and the Continuum of Black Performativity” Proceedings: Society of Dance History Scholars. Stoughton, Wisconsin: Society of Dance History Scholars (2001), pp. 35-38.
  • Gonzalez, Anita.  “Powwow Dancing and Native Rap: American Indian Dance Patronage and the Politics of Spirituality” Continents in Movement: Proceedings of the International Conference The Meeting of Cultures in Dance History edited by Daniel Tercio. Oeiras, Portugal: Edição Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (March 1999), pp. 51-56.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Powwow Dancing and Native Rap: American Indian Dance Patronage and the Politics of Spirituality,” Proceedings: Society of Dance History Scholars. Riverside, CA: Society of Dance History Scholars (1998), pp. 227-233.
  • Gonzalez, Anita. “Reconfiguring African Slave Dancing in Mexico: Popular Imaginations of Jarocho,” Proceedings: Society of Dance History Scholars. Riverside, CA: Society of Dance History Scholars (1997), pp. 77-83.


April 18, 2014

“Archives, Aldridge, and Image Crowd Sourcing,”

October 13, 2013
“19th Century Acts: Digital Visualization and Crowdsourcing,”
University of Michigan Press, 2014

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