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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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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. Figure 5 José Limón rehearsing We Speak for Ourselves (1943), Camp Lee, Virginia. Photograph: US Army Signal Corps. Courtesy of Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation. Figure 6 Pape Ibrahima N’Diaye (Kaolack) in Fagaala (2004) by Germaine Acogny and Kota Yamazaki, JANT-BI Company. Photograph: Thomas Dorn. Courtesy of JANT-BI. Figure 7 Phithsamay Linthahane in Not About Iraq (2007) by Victoria Marks. Photograph: Jef f Zucker. Figure 8 Taisha Paggett in Not About Iraq (2007) by Victoria Marks. Photograph: Steve Gunther. Figure 9 Black Milk (2006) by Douglas Wright. Wright recreates Abu Ghraib’s iconic pyramid of f lesh and adds another form of imprisonment. Photograph: John Savage. Figure 10 Black Milk (2006) by Douglas Wright. Wright inserts a quasi-religious figure into his Abu Ghraib inspired sequence. Photograph: John Savage.

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