The dancer, the choreographer and modern dance scholarship: a critical reading

Gardner, Sally 2007, The dancer, the choreographer and modern dance scholarship: a critical reading, Dance research: the journal of the society for dance research, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 35-53, doi: 10.3366/dar.2007.0018.

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Title The dancer, the choreographer and modern dance scholarship: a critical reading
Author(s) Gardner, SallyORCID iD for Gardner, Sally
Journal name Dance research: the journal of the society for dance research
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 53
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 0264-2875
Keyword(s) dance
dance discourse
modern dance
modern dance scholarship
Summary This paper undertakes a critical re-examination of the ways in which dance-making relationships between the dancer and the choreographer in American modern dance have been conceptualised in dance discourses. The essay proposes that a defining aspect of modern dance practices (from the moment that, after Duncan and Fuller, it became a group as well as a solo form) was the dancing together of the choreographer and the dancer(s) as the central mode of dance creation and transmission. In dance discourses, however, this dancing relationship is frequently not acknowledged. Texts by dance scholars Susan Leigh Foster, Amy Koritz and Randy Martin which draw on theoretical frameworks from outside dance are analysed in terms of the ways the theoretical frameworks that underpin them both make it possible to raise the question of the nature of the dance-making relationship while at the same time can also make the dancer's and the choreographer's dancing together invisible or unrepresentable. The analysis shows how scholarly discourses and the theoretical frameworks upon which they are built are already invested in regimes of intelligibility and visibility which have consequences for the representation of modern dance. This analysis forms the basis for proposing the need for a non-individualised, inter-subjective and intercorporeal understanding of the dancer and the choreographer and their relationship in modern dance.
Language eng
DOI 10.3366/dar.2007.0018
Field of Research 190403 Dance
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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