Chandra Indigo Jackson

M.A. '17

Chandra Indigo Johnson

Chandra Indigo Jackson is from Northampton, Massachusetts and received her B.A. from Manhattanville College in 2010. Although she has formal contemporary dance training, her current research focuses on anti-virtuosic performance art. While using the discourses of psychoanalysis and black feminist theory, Chandra's final M.A. project examines two juxtaposed modes of "seeing" the performative black femme body through excessive virtuosity and monumental stillness. She is especially interested in tableaux vivant installations and has created her own work with artistic direction by Karen Finley, including a piece for Night of the Full Moon at the Kimmel Gallery windows in 2016. As an arts administrator, Chandra worked for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation from 2012-2016, and as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch from 2016-2017. 


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


Manhattanville College

Bachelor of Arts - Communication Studies & Political Science 

Purchase, New York

Special Tidbits

Chandra has contributed several articles to The Ailey Blog.