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    Dance, Space and Subjectivity

    By: Valerie A. Briginshaw

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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.

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