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Dance and Politics

Kolb, Alexandra (ed.)

Dance and Politics

Year of Publication: 2011

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XX, 348 pp., num. ill., 1 table
ISBN 978-3-03911-848-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.540 kg, 1.190 lbs

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Book synopsis

This is the first anthology to explore the fertile intersection of dance and political studies. It offers new perspectives on the connections of dance to governmental, state and party politics, war, nationalism, activism, terrorism, human rights, political ideologies and cultural policy. This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at twentieth- and twenty-first-century dance.
Topics covered range across the political spectrum: from dance tendencies under fascism to the use of choreography for revolutionary socialist ends; from the capacity of dance to reflect the modern market economy to its function in campaigns for peace and justice. The book also contains a comprehensive introduction to the relations between dance and politics.


Contents: Alexandra Kolb: Cross-Currents of Dance and Politics: An Introduction – Roger Copeland: The Death of the Choreographer – Johann Kresnik: ‘Theatre has to become political again…’ Interview by Alexandra Kolb – Alexandra Kolb: Terror without End? Choreographing the Red Army Faction and Weather Underground – Marion Kant: Death and the Maiden: Mary Wigman in the Weimar Republic – Gunhild Oberzaucher-Schüller: Dramaturgy and Form of the ‘German Ballet’: Examination of a National Socialist Genre – Stacey Prickett: Dancing the American Dream during World War II – Naomi M. Jackson: Dance and Human Rights – Victoria Marks: About Not About Iraq – Suzanne Little: Re-Presenting the Traumatic Real: Douglas Wright’s Black Milk – Ramsay Burt: Performative Intervention and Political Affect: de Keersmaeker and Sehgal – Soo Hee Lee/Tatjana E. Byrne: Politicizing Dance: Cultural Policy Discourses in the UK and Germany – Luke Purshouse: Class and Thatcherism in Billy Elliot.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Alexandra Kolb is Senior Lecturer and Chair of Dance Studies at Otago University. She is the author of Performing Femininity: Dance and Literature in German Modernism (Peter Lang: 2009) and a regular contributor to international dance and arts journals.