Of the Presence of the Body Essays on Dance and Performance Theory

ISBN-10: 0819566128
ISBN-13: 9780819566126
Edition: 2004
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Description: Of the Presence of the Body gathers nine original essays by eminent scholars in the fields of dance and performance studies. Its focus is the historical, cultural and political contexts that inform choreographic and dance practices and critical  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Of the Presence of the Body gathers nine original essays by eminent scholars in the fields of dance and performance studies. Its focus is the historical, cultural and political contexts that inform choreographic and dance practices and critical readings of dance--in other words, how dance operates as critical discourse. The question that runs throughout the essays is the theoretical and political problem of "how dances come to be seen," how the presence of the body leaves its mark on critical theories and performances. Focusing exclusively on 20th century dance, the interdisciplinary perspectives range from history to race studies, deconstruction, Marxist theory, feminist theory, literary studies and feminist ethnography. The anthology provides an overview of the current methodologies and theoretical developments in the field of dance studies. These essays expand our understanding of the performing body, and their organization around the epistemological problem in dance studies--the dynamics of seeing, remembering and writing--will make the collection useful for classes in dance criticism and theory, cultural theory, performance studies, and aesthetics. CONTRIBUTORS: Barbara Browning, Ramsey Burt, Thomas De Frantz, Mark Franko, Andre Lepecki, Karmen MacKendrick, Susan Manning, Randy Martin, Peggy Phelan.

Genealogies of Presence
Trisha Brown's Orfeo: Two Takes on Double Endings
Genealogy and Dance History: Foucault, Rainer, Bausch, and de Deersmaeker
Dancing Othering
Dance and Its Others: Theory, State, Nation, and Socialism
The Black Beat Made Visible: Hip Hop Dance and Body Power
Danced Spirituals
Breast Milk Is Sweet and Salty (A Choreography of Healing)
Ontology's Events
Given Movement: Dance and the Event
Inscribing Dance
Embodying Transgression

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