Anna Martine Whitehead

Notes on Territory


North Staircase

Whitehead performs themes of containment architecture and embodied freedoms in lecture and movement improvisation as Damon Locks provides the score on a boombox.  


Anna Martine Whitehead, Damon Locks

Production Credits

Choreographer: Anna Martine Whitehead

Music: Damon Locks


About the Piece

Notes on Territory is an interdisciplinary performance lecture and reading room weaving together themes of "containment architectures" (prisons, cathedrals, and castles) and freedom practices. Through the lecture format, Territory is a space for movement and dance, sound, language, and surveillance technologies like light and video. Set to premiere in 2019, the work is currently in development with the support of Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Pivot Arts, University of Michigan Daring Dances, and Headlands Center for the Arts.

About the Artist

Website: annamartine.com

Social Media: @thee_annatomy


Anna Martine Whitehead received her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, and has been presented by venues including the San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Chicago Cultural Center; Links Hall; AUNTS; Pieter; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and CounterPULSE. She has developed her craft by working in close collaboration with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Thomas Teurlai, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, Jesse Hewit, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and bodies in action for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and contributed chapters to a range of publications including most recently Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance (Oxford, 2017). She has received generous support from Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chances Dances Critical Fierceness, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Djerassi. Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).  Martine teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.