Yes? No! Maybe...: Seductive Ambiguity in Dance

Yes? No! Maybe...: Seductive Ambiguity in Dance

by Emilyn Claid
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415371562

ISBN-13: 9780415371568

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Covering fifty years of British dance, from Margot Fonteyn to innovative contemporary practitioners such as Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock, Yes? No! Maybe is an innovative approach to performing and watching dance.

Emilyn Claid brings her life experience and interweaves it with academic theory and historical narrative to create a dynamic approach to

Overview

Covering fifty years of British dance, from Margot Fonteyn to innovative contemporary practitioners such as Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock, Yes? No! Maybe is an innovative approach to performing and watching dance.

Emilyn Claid brings her life experience and interweaves it with academic theory and historical narrative to create a dynamic approach to dance writing.

Using the 1970s revolution of new dance as a hinge, Claid looks back to ballet and forward to British independent dance which is new dance’s legacy. She explores the shifts in performer-spectator relationships, and investigates questions of subjectivity, absence and presence, identity, gender, race and desire using psychoanalytical, feminist, postmodern, post-structuralist and queer theoretical perspectives.

Artists and practitioners, professional performers, teachers, choreographers and theatre-goers will all find this book an informative and insightful read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415371568
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     vii
Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction     1
Setting the scene     3
X6: a binge in time     11
Yes?     15
Fantasies of perfection: setting the scene for change     17
The upward line     17
Watching ballet: illusion becoming real     21
Performing ballet: real becoming illusion     24
Classical androgyny     27
Cracking the myth     29
The Oedipal narrative     31
An articulate silence     37
Dying to please     41
No!     51
Coming down to earth as dancing subjects     53
Expressions from the lifeworld     53
Figures of parody     60
Subverting tragedy     66
Feminist battles with androgyny     70
Within the frame of new dance     77
Letting go of the mirror     80
Figures of jouissance     87
K/no/w body of illusion: seduction in reverse     91
Derrida's presents     96
Parallel emergences     100
Different visibilities     108
Negation of seduction     114
Theother of the other     117
Kristeva's crunch     121
Collective strategies     123
The X6 legacy     130
Drawn to the mainstream     133
Repertory versus project     136
Middle mush     140
Maybe...     145
Depth becomes surface and ambiguous points of play     147
Process to product     147
Full body empty body     154
The chameleon     156
Boys transcending     160
His look, his gaze     163
Bodies of pleasure     168
Letting go of fear     175
Re-figuring androgyny     179
Queer living     183
Re-dressing the girls     186
Conclusion     201
Eye flight     203
Notes     215
Bibliography     224
Index     233

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