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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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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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List of Figures ix Acknowledgements xi About this Book xiii Alexandra Kolb 1 Cross-Currents of Dance and Politics: An Introduction 1 Part I Choreographing the Revolution 37 Roger copeland 2 The Death of the Choreographer 39 Johann Kresnik 3 ‘Theatre has to become political again…’ Interview by Alexandra Kolb 67 Alexandra Kolb 4 Terror without End? Choreographing the Red Army Faction and Weather Underground 89 Part II Dance of Enemies 117 Marion kant 5 Death and the Maiden: Mary Wigman in the Weimar Republic 119 vi Gunhild Oberzaucher-Schüller 6 Dramaturgy and Form of the ‘German Ballet’: Examination of a National Socialist Genre 145 Stacey Prickett 7 Dancing the American Dream during World War II 167 Part III Dancers, Rights and Wrongs 193 Naomi M. Jackson 8 Dance and Human Rights 195 Victoria Marks 9 About Not About Iraq 223 Suzanne Little 10 Re-Presenting the Traumatic Real: Douglas Wright’s Black Milk 233 Part IV Dancing to Market Forces 255 Ramsay Burt 11 Performative Intervention and Political Af fect: de Keersmaeker and Sehgal 257 Soo hee lee & Tatjana e. byrne 12 Politicizing Dance: Cultural Policy Discourses in the UK and Germany 281 vii Luke Purshouse 13 Class and Thatcherism in Billy Elliot 305 Notes on Contributors 331 Index 335

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