Decentring Dancing Texts: The Challenge of Interpreting Dances

Decentring Dancing Texts: The Challenge of Interpreting Dances

Edited by

Janet Lansdale

Decentring Dancing Texts analyses recent dance practices in the theatre, in club culture and on film, addressing their interdisciplinary relationship with music, painting and plays through new theoretical positions. Covering works by Lea Anderson, Jerome Bel, Jonathan Burrows, Mats Ek, Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh, Ian Spink and Loic Touze, the book also contains an original essay on New York youngsters dancing in the film Mad Hot Ballroom. The contributors use insights from web-based theories of intertextuality to analyse the making of new television dance and to construct the spectator as co-creator of meaning in the work, with the original maker.

Table of contents

Intertextual Narratives in Dance Analysis / Janet Lansdale

Betraying History? An Historiographic Analysis of The Judas Tree (1992) /Alexandra Carter

Unbalancing the Authentic/Partnering Classicism: Shobana Jeyasingh's Choreography and the Bharata Natyam 'Tradition' / Janet O'Shea

Akram Khan's ma (2004): An Essay in Hybridisation and Productive Ambiguity / Lorna Sanders

Elusive Narratives: Mats Ek / Giannandrea Poesio

On the Premises of French Contemporary Dance: Concepts, Collectivity, and 'Trojan Horses' in the Work of Jérôme Bel and Loïc Touzé/ Toni D'Amelio

Chasing voices: Ian Spink's Dancing Fugue (1988)/Janet Lansdale

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion's Both Sitting Duet (2002): a Discursive Choreomusical Collaboration / Daniela Perazzo Domm

Lea Anderson, Dancing and Drawing the Past into the Present / Henia Rottenberg

Mad Hot Ballroom and the Politics of Transformation / Sherrill Dodds

Mapping the Multifarious: the Genrification of Dance Music Club Cultures / Joanna Louise Hall

Harpies and Pyjamas: the Making of Heart Thief (2003) / Deveril

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