About the Artist
Brittney Laleh Banaei is a dancer, scholar, bodywoker, and educator integrating movement into her passions of inclusivity, critical thought, empowerment, decolonization, and wellness. Brittney investigates how themes of surveillance, erasure/invisibilization, and humor relate to development, exploration, and transmutation of identity. She is interrrogating Middle-Eastern-ness by finding performative satisfaction in both subverting and upholding deeply embedded orientalist expectations of the performing Middle Eastern body. She explores the complexities of navigating a multiethnic experience. Her graduate research centers on Iranian identity.