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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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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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Dance and Politics is the first collection to investigate the intricate relation- ships between dance and politics across a range of topics. It examines crises such as wars and revolutions as choreographic subject matter, and explores artistic activism and the portrayal of nationalism and class. It addresses the compatibility of, and choreographic perspectives on, dance and terrorism, and looks at the ramifications of cultural policy on dance production. The multi-layered crosscurrents of dance and politics raise further questions: Are civil and human rights fostered or denied through dance? How are ideologies at both ends of the political spectrum expressed in and through dance, for instance fascism and communism? How do choreographers express their protest against such ideologies? Is a dance which does not make explicit political statements consequently apolitical? These are just some elements of a rich kaleidoscope that illuminate the mutuality of dance and dance studies on one hand, and political thought and action, on the other. Having researched, taught and published on topics related to dance and politics for several years, I was aware that a book addressing the various facets of these connections was much needed. This book fills an obvious gap in existing literature, and working on it has been an exciting process for all involved. The articles in this volume are original, previously unpublished texts in the English language. Obvious choices had to be made concerning what to include. Clearly, there are other political implications of dance well worth exploring, such as gender, race and...

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