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

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Yes? No! Maybe ... Seductive Ambiguity in Dance is a book about performing and watching dance. Using a unique combination of historical, academic and autobiographical voices it covers 50 years of British dance, from Margot Fonteyn in the 1950s to innovative contemporary practitioners such as Wendy Hustoun, Nigel Charnock, Lloyd Newson, Javier de Frutos and Fin Walker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415371568
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Setting the scene 3
2 X6 : a hinge in time 11
I Yes? : fantasies of perfection : setting the scene for change 17
3 The upward line 17
4 Watching ballet : illusion becoming real 21
5 Performing ballet : real becoming illusion 24
6 Classical androgyny 27
7 Cracking the myth 29
8 The Oedipal narrative 31
9 An articulate silence 37
10 Dying to please 41
II No! : coming down to earth as dancing subjects 53
11 Expressions from the lifeworld 53
12 Figures of parody 60
13 Subverting tragedy 66
14 Feminist battles with androgyny 70
15 Within the frame of new dance 77
16 Letting go of the mirror 80
17 Figures of jouissance 87
18 K/no/w body of illusion : seduction in reverse 91
19 Derrida's presents 96
20 Parallel emergences 100
21 Different visibilities 108
22 Negation of seduction 114
23 The other of the other 117
24 Kristeva's crunch 121
25 Collective strategies 123
26 The X6 legacy 130
27 Drawn to the mainstream 133
28 Repertory versus project 136
29 Middle mush 140
III Maybe ... : depth becomes surface and ambiguous points of play 147
30 Process to product 147
31 Full body empty body 154
32 The chameleon 156
33 Boys transcending 160
34 His look, his gaze 163
35 Bodies of pleasure 168
36 Letting go of fear 175
37 Re-figuring androgyny 179
38 Queer living 183
39 Re-dressing the girls 186
40 Eye flight 203
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