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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 This cutting-edge book features previously unpublished work by leading scholars of dance, theatre, politics, and management, alongside renowned contemporary choreographers, who propose innovative ways of looking at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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Ramsay Burt is Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University. His publications include The Male Dancer (1995, revised 2007), Alien Bodies (1997), Judson Dance Theater (2006) and, with Valerie Briginshaw, Writing Dancing Together (2009). In 1999 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. With Susan Foster, he is founder editor of Discourses in Dance. Tatjana E. Byrne is a PhD student in the Department of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London, undertaking studies into the impact of governmental policy on contemporary dance organisations in the UK and Germany. Her research interests include ‘competing logics’ of institutional change and power relationships in professional practice and the inf luence of digital technology on the arts with particular reference to power, trust and identity in the creative process. She has presented on these themes at the European Group for Organization Studies conference in 2007 and 2008. Roger Copeland is Professor of Theater and Dance at Oberlin College in the US. His books include the widely used anthology, What Is Dance?, and Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance. His essays about dance, theater and film have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Village Voice, Dance Theatre Journal, Partisan Review, Dance Chronicle and many other publications. Copeland has also contrib- uted chapters to numerous books and anthologies including Conversations with Susan Sontag, Dance History: An Introduction, The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Dance, Gender, and Culture, The American Theater Reader and The Encyclopedia of...

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