Contemporary PerforMemory: Dancing through Spacetime, Historical Trauma, and Diaspora in the 21st Century

Contemporary PerforMemory: Dancing through Spacetime, Historical Trauma, and Diaspora in the 21st Century

by Layla Zami

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Overview

Contemporary PerforMemory looks at dance works created in the 21st century by choreographers identifying as Afro-European, Jewish, Black, Palestinian, and Taiwanese-Chinese-American. It explores how contemporary dance-makers engage with historical traumas such as the Shoah and the Maafa to reimagine how the past is remembered and how the future is anticipated. The new idea of "perforMemor"y arises within a lively blend of interdisciplinary theory, interviews, performance analysis, and personal storytelling. Scholar and artist Layla Zami traces unexpected pathways, inviting the reader to move gracefully across disciplines, histories, and geographies. Featuring insightful interviews with seven international artists: Oxana Chi, Zufit Simon, André M. Zachery, Chantal Loïal, Wan-Chao Chang, Farah Saleh, and Christiane Emmanuel.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837655254
Publication date: 01/19/2021
Series: Critical Dance Studies
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Layla Zami (Dr.), born 1985, is Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches in the fields of humanities, performance studies, and art history. She also works as Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence with Oxana Chi Dance & Art, and is Co-Curator of Dance at the International Human Rights Art Festival. Zami obtained a PhD in Gender Studies at Humboldt-University in Berlin, where she was awarded a Teaching Quality Prize for her seminar Performing Memory. She received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (ELES/BMBF) and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
TUNING IN: OF STORY-HUNTERS AND DANCING LIONS
Inspiring, or Whom to Acknowledge
Imagining, or What an Academic and Artist Aims to Find Out about Dance and Memory
Innovating, or Which Contributions I Wish to Make to Existing Scholarship
Investigating, or Why Epistemology and Methodology Come into Play
Inventing, or Whence the Outline Comes From
1 MEMORY DANCESCAPES
Archiving a Repertoire of PerforMemory
Dancing counterhegemonic choreobiographies
THROUGH GARDENS – OXANA CHI
THEY CALL YOU VENUS – CHANTAL LOÏAL
Dancing after the ancestors: family, trauma and movement
ALL ABOUT NOTHING – ZUFIT SIMON
DIGITAL MIDDLE PASSAGE – ANDRÉ M. ZACHERY
Dancing without borders: geopolitical and physical islands
IMPRESSIONS BY WAN-CHAO CHANG
CHOC(S) BY CHRISTIANE EMMANUEL
PAROLE, PAROLE, PAROLE BY FARAH SALEH
Memory as a Site of Movement
Performing memory in the age of Postmemory
Imagining perforMemory
Moving center stage
Embodying history, herstory, theirstories
Defining choreography
Between telling history and performing memory
Emotions in motion
Memory2go
Escaping and shaping memory
From the choreography of power to the power to choreograph
2 DIASPORIC MOVES
Moving Through Diaspora
Inhabiting diaspora
Jewish/Black/Feminist diasporas
The Stage as a Diasporic Space
Diasporic space is the place
Finding a home space in the dance place?
3 DANCING THE PAST IN THE PRESENT TENSE
The Timescapes of PerforMemory
Stretching time: bending hegemonic timelines
The quantic dance of memory: moving through and beyond past,
present and future
The Moves of PerforMemory: Shaping the Dancescapes
Turning
Jumping
Crossing
4 DANCE DIALOGUES: IN CONVERSATION WITH
Oxana Chi
Christiane Emmanuel
Chantal Loïal
Farah Saleh
Zufit Simon
Wan-Chao Chang
André M. Zachery
TU(R)NING OUT: TRANSFORMING THE BODY INTO A SPACETIME OF RESIST(D)ANCE
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