madison moore: there’s always room for dancing: Performance Lecture, as part of Nightlife-in-Residence, March 3, 2022. Performance view, The Kitchen. Photo by Walter Wlodarczy

madison moore, Kemi Adeyemi

there’s always energy for dancing: Performance Lecture

On View: March 3-March 3, 2022

512 West 19th Street


7:30 pm

there’s always energy for dancing: Performance Lecture explores the iridescence of queer nightlife, weaving together oral history and intergenerational family narrative alongside the legacies and possibilities of queer nightlife to tell a story about queerness, creativity, and grooving to the beat. From the Eagle Creek Saloon to Paradise Garage to the Roxy, queer dance floors have always served as something else—a vibrant and vibrating antidote to the quagmire of the present. Centering the urgency and emergency of queer dance floors—and black queer dance floors, specifically—there’s always energy for dancing positions queer nightlife not as a safe space but argues instead that the mess of the dance floor acts as a site of queer worldmaking, creativity, and experimentation. In the cloak of darkness, bodies merge and emerge, working and WERKing the dance floor as acts of resistance.

This public program provides ASL interpretation.


Kemi Adeyemi is Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Her books include Feels Right: Black Queer Women and the Politics of Partying in Chicago (Duke University Press, September 2022), and the co-edited volume Queer Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2021). Her recent writing has appeared in journals like GLQ and Women & Performance, and in the edited volumes Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Routledge Companion to African American Art History. Kemi founded and directs The Black Embodiments Studio, an arts writing incubator and public programming initiative dedicated to building discourse around contemporary Black art.

madison moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ, and assistant professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. They are broadly invested in the aesthetic, sonic, and spatial strategies queer and trans people of color use to both survive and thrive in the face of rolling catastrophe. His first book, Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Yale University Press, 2018), offers a cultural analysis of fabulousness as a practice of resistance. Other articles have been published in venues including The Atlantic, Theater, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. madison has performed internationally at a range of nightclubs, parties, and art institutions, including the Perth Festival, Performance Space Sydney, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, American Realness, Tate Britain, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. madison is writing a book titled Dance Mania: A Manifesto for Queer Nightlife. In summer 2022, madison will be an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute.


Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. Learn more about the Leadership Fund.

Image: Hospital Hill. A room of people dancing in ecstasy to the beat.