Dr Tom Hastings is a Lecturer in Dance at London Contemporary Dance School
Tom lectures on contemporary dance at the intersection of critical race, postcolonial, Marxist, feminist, and queer interventions. He is a module leader and supervises research across BA/MA programmes, encouraging students to approach their dance practice as a mode of live research. His own interests centre on social dance and the embodied expression of cultural difference. He is currently at work on two journal articles, concerning 1) a vocabulary of gestures that emerged through the recent mobilisation of Black Lives Matter; and 2) the Columbian-American choreographer Eleo Pomare’s protest dance of the 1960s. His art criticism features regularly in magazines including Artforum, Frieze, Burlington Contemporary, Studio International, and Texte zur Kunst. Having studied Literature (BA; UCL) and Critical Theory (MA; Sussex), Tom completed his PhD in Art History at University of Leeds in 2018 – his thesis, “Defining the Body-Object of Minimalism: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s”, explores the relationship between writing, movement, and props in Rainer’s expanded choreography. At present, Tom is co-editing a volume of essays titled Feminist Genealogies of the Body and gathering material for a book proposal through teaching; his first monograph, Johnnie Cooper: Sunset Strip, was published by Black Dog Press in 2018. In pre-Covid times, Tom was often found at the school’s Contact Jam, and hopes to return there soon.