Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance

Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance

by Ann Cooper Albright

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Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance by Ann Cooper Albright

The choreographies of Bill T. Jones, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, Zab Maboungou, David Dorfman, Marie Chouinard, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and others, have helped establish dance as a crucial discourse of the 90s. These dancers, Ann Cooper Albright argues, are asking the audience to see the body as a source of cultural identity — a physical presence that moves with and through its gendered, racial, and social meanings.

Through her articulate and nuanced analysis of contemporary choreography, Albright shows how the dancing body shifts conventions of representation and provides a critical example of the dialectical relationship between cultures and the bodies that inhabit them. As a dancer, feminist, and philosopher, Albright turns to the material experience of bodies, not just the body as a figure or metaphor, to understand how cultural representation becomes embedded in the body. In arguing for the intelligence of bodies, Choreographing Difference is itself a testimonial, giving voice to some important political, moral, and artistic questions of our time.

Ebook Edition Note: All images have been redacted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819569912
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

ANN COOPER ALBRIGHT is chair of the Dance Department at Oberlin College. She is the author of Choreographing Difference, Traces of Light, and Modern Gestures, and coeditor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures and Taken by Surprise.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Witnessing Dance
Mining the Dancefield: Feminist Theory and Contemporary Dance
Techno Bodies: Muscling with Gender in Contemporary Dance
Moving Across Difference: Dance and Disability
Incalculable Choreographies
Dancing Bodies and the Stories They Tell
Embodying History: Epic Narrative and the Cultural Identity in African-American Dance
Selected Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

Sally Banes

“A clear, cogent, sophisticated in-depth analysis of recent dances concerned with issues of gender, ethnic, and racial identity, by a theorist whose own dance experience gives her special insight into the choreographic process of making meaning.”—

Susan Manning

“Albright brings the insights of contemporary critical theory, particularly feminist theory, to bear on dance studies with great theoretical clarity, scholarly rigor, and writerly panache.”

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