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Dance and Politics

Edited By Alexandra Kolb

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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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.
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Figure 1 Johann Kresnik. Photograph: Alexandra Kolb.

Figure 2 Linda Ryser (as Ulrike Meinhof), Daniela Greverath, Bibiana Jimenez, Pedro Malinowski, Sarka Vrastakova-Hildebrandt and Przemyslaw Kubicki (as terrorists) in Ulrike Meinhof (1990/2006) by Johann Kresnik. Theater Bonn. Photograph: Thilo Beu.

Figure 3 David Dorfman in the lunge position, in Underground (2006) by David Dorfman. Courtesy of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Figure 4 Jane Dudley (standing), Sophie Maslow and William Bales in As poor Richard says – a Colonial charade (1945). Photograph: Valente, Courtesy of the New Dance Group Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

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