Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion

Thomas F. DeFrantz and Philipa Rothfield (Editors)

This book renews thinking about the moving body by drawing on dance practice and performance from across the world. Eighteen internationally recognized scholars show how dance can challenge our thoughts and feelings about our own and other cultures, our emotions and prejudices, and our sense of public and private space. In so doing, they offer a multi-layered response to ideas of affect and emotion, culture and politics, and ultimately, the place of dance and art itself within society.

The chapters in this collection arise from a number of different political and historical contexts. By teasing out their detail and situating dance within them, art is given a political charge. That charge is informed by the work of Michel Foucault, Stuart Hall, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Rancière and Luce Irigaray as well as their forebears such as Spinoza, Plato and Freud. Taken together, the book puts thought into motion, without forgetting its origins in the social world.