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

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posted on 2007-04-01, 00:00 authored by Sally GardnerSally Gardner
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.

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Journal

Dance research: the journal of the society for dance research

Volume

25

Issue

1

Pagination

35 - 53

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

ISSN

0264-2875

eISSN

1750-0095

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Edinburgh University Press

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