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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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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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6 Dramaturgy and Form of the ‘German Ballet’: Examination of a National Socialist Genre

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As a beginning!

During the years when National Socialism was fighting for the soul of the German people – which today it possesses completely – the opponents of the national renascence repeatedly sought to discredit National Socialism by alleging that it was lacking in culture. But nothing could be more wrong than what these unobjective enemies claimed. Because nowadays everyone in Germany agrees: the nation has never before had a government which was so driven by a fanatical commitment to culture as that of the people’s chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

— Ministerialrat OTTO LAUBINGER (1934: 57),

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