Overview

Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, known collectively as Divas Dance Theatre, are renowned for their highly visual, interdisciplinary brand of dance performance that incorporates elements of theatre, film, opera, poetry and vaudevillian humour. Anarchic Dance, consisting of a book and DVD-Rom, is a visual and textual record of their boundary-shattering performance work.  The DVD-Rom features extracts from Aggiss and Cowie's work, including the highly-acclaimed dance film Motion Control...

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Anarchic Dance

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Overview

Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, known collectively as Divas Dance Theatre, are renowned for their highly visual, interdisciplinary brand of dance performance that incorporates elements of theatre, film, opera, poetry and vaudevillian humour. Anarchic Dance, consisting of a book and DVD-Rom, is a visual and textual record of their boundary-shattering performance work.  The DVD-Rom features extracts from Aggiss and Cowie's work, including the highly-acclaimed dance film Motion Control (premiered on BBC2 in 2002), rare video footage of their punk-comic live performances as The Wild Wigglers and reconstructions of Aggiss's solo performance in Grotesque Dancer


These films are cross-referenced in the book, allowing readers to match performance and commentary as Aggiss and Cowie invite a broad range of writers to examine their live performance and dance screen practice through analysis, theory, discussion and personal response.  Extensively illustrated with black and white and colour photographs Anarchic Dance, provides a comprehensive investigation into Cowie and Aggiss’s collaborative partnership and demonstrates a range of exciting approaches through which dance performance can be engaged critically.

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'An excellent document of the work of Liz Aggiss & Billy Cowie.'Lea Anderson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134216758
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/18/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : navigating the known 1
2 The aesthetics of smash and grab 5
3 Writing dance 15
4 Liz Aggiss and 'authentick' grotesque expressionism 22
5 Choreographic vocabulary 1 : visual metaphor 37
6 Outsider performance : a raw vision : dance and learning difficulties 48
7 Deconstruction in Die Orchidee : mischievous plays in the spaces between language and meanings 61
8 Hilde Holger, spirit and maracas 72
9 Choreographic vocabulary 2 : time and rhythm 85
10 The impossibility of the review in the mind of the critic 95
11 Deconstructing Heidi 106
12 Choreographic vocabulary 3 : space 118
13 Screen divas : a filmic expression of the grotesque aesthetic 127
14 Reconstruction : or why you can never step into the same river twice 142
15 Anarchic dance 156
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