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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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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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8 Dance and Human Rights


No dance can have exclusive rights. Human rights begin with tolerance. Tolerance in the dance world begins in dance schools, performance groups, and on the tiniest stage. Dance can flourish in any society, whether democratic or dictatorial; human rights cannot. Dancers, choreographers, performers – they too are responsible for making a society that accepts the ideals of ‘freedom, justice, and peace’ and takes responsibility, moral and political responsibility, for the ideas that their dances promote.

— MARION KANT 2008: 18


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