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Dance, Space and Subjectivity

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Title: Dance, Space and Subjectivity
Author: Briginshaw, Valerie A.
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This book contains close readings of postmodern dances and dance films informed by current critical theories. It explores the roles dance and space play in constructing subjectivity. Focusing on site-specific dance, the mutual construction of bodies and spaces, body/space interfaces and 'in-between spaces', the dances and dance films are read 'against the grain' to reveal their potential for troubling conventional notions of subjectivity associated with a white, Western, heterosexual, able-bodied male norm. The works of choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, William Forsythe, Shobana Jeyasingh and Mark Morris are informed by the theories of writers such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, Julia Kristeva and Henri Lefebvre. The result is a fascinating mix of ideas and practice never before placed together within the context of dance.


AUTHOR
VALERIE A. BRIGINSHAW is a Reader in Dance Studies at University College, Chichester. Her publications include co-authorship of Dance Analysis.


CONTENTS
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: CONSTRUCTIONS OF SPACE AND SUBJECTIVITY
Travel Metaphors in Dance: Gendered Constructions of Travel, Spaces and Subjects
Transforming City Spaces and Subjects
Coastal Constructions in Lea Anderson"s Out on the Windy Beach
PART II: DANCING IN THE "IN-BETWEEN SPACES"
Desire Spatialized Differently in Dances that can be Read as Lesbian
Hybridity and Nomadic Subjectivity in Shobana Jeyasingh"s Duets with Automobiles
Crossing the (Black) Atlantic: Spatial and Temporal Displacements in Meredith Monk"s Ellis Island and Jonzi Di"s Aeroplane Man
PART III: INSIDE/OUTSIDE BODIES AND SPACES
Fleshy Corporealities in Trisha Brown"s If You Couldn"t See Me, Lea Anderson"s Joan and Yolande Snaith"s Blind Faith
Carnivalesque Subversions in Liz Aggiss"s Grotesque Dancer, Mark Morris"s Dogtown and Emilyn Claid"s Across Your Heart
Architectural Spaces in the Choreography of William Forsythe and De Keersmaeker"s Rosas Danst Rosas
Appendix
Endnotes
Bibliography


REVIEW
Dance, Space and Subjectivity is...a very welcome publication in that Valerie Briginshaw here has the scope to investigate her complex themes through ten chpaters on interconnected issues...An impressive variety of themes and issues is explored...Briginshaw"s writing style is clear and will be accessible to students as well as researchers in a variety of disciplines...The book brings dance into the arena of so many current, fascinating debates that it offers a very useful point of reference and contribution to the field." - Anna Pakes, Dance Theatre Journal

"...presents a fast introduction to a whole range of current theoretical approaches to space, subjectivity and the representation of bodies, and shows how these theories enable explorations of the construction of subjectivity..." - Maaike Bleeker, University of Amsterdam and School for New Dance Development, Research in Dance Education


Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 09/10/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780230229792
Publishing status: Active (web)
Dance, Space and Subjectivity