Brandon is a dance scholar and practitioner. As a scholar, he is fundamentally interested in dance as a prism, ossification, laboratory, and rebel encampment for race relations. Buttressing and critiquing Foucauldian concepts through post-colonialism, contemporary race and gender studies, and empirical research, Shaw’s scholarship is an activist voice against bigotry permeated by a careful optimism.
With a movement background in dance and marital arts, Brandon’s dance technique and choreography demonstrate a simultaneous ferocity and sensitivity. Through interfacing dance and martial arts, he has devised partnering techniques and conducted practical research into new materialism and with props, fabrics, and staffs.