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The Original – ‘Again’

Historical and Contemporary Strategies for Writing and Re/Constructing Dance

Margarita Delcheva    University of California, Santa Barbara, USA    

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Writing and dance have been positioned by scholars in a contraposed play throughout the chronological period from the Renaissance to today: dancing begins when writing stops. Scholars have accused dance of ephemerality and have attempted to salvage it through notation. In postmodern and contemporary dance, some choreographers challenge traditional assumptions about the primacy and stability of text and documentation. They ‘write’ with dance in both conceptual and alphabetic ways, some exploring the dimension of race. This study tests theories by Mark Franko and André Lepecki through analysis of dance reenactment strategies and interventions by choreographers Trisha Brown and Christopher-Rasheem McMillan.

Pubblicato
21 Dicembre 2021
Accettato
19 Agosto 2021
Presentato
29 Giugno 2021
Lingua
EN

Keywords: PerformanceEphemeralityRe-enactmentRaceContemporary danceOriginalReconstructionGeometric danceDancePostmodern danceScoreCopy

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