This book, now available in paperback, contains readings of international postmodern dances, exploring the roles dance and space play in constructing subjectivity and reading dances 'against the grain' to reveal their potential for troubling conventional notions of subjectivity associated with a white, Western, heterosexual, able-bodied, male norm.
The roles dance and space play in constructing subjectivity are explored here in close readings of American, British and European contemporary dances. Informed by ideas from contemporary critical theories, the book (now available in paperback) investigates site-specific dance, the mutual construction of bodies and spaces, body-space interfaces and 'in-between spaces'. Alternative subjectivities are suggested by reading the dances and dance films against the grain to reveal their potential for troubling conventional notions of subjectivity associated with a white, Western, heterosexual, able-bodied, male norm. The works of choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, William Forsythe, Shobana Jeyasingh and Mark Morris are explored alongside the theories of writers such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, Julia Kristeva and Henri Lefebvre. The result is a fascinating mix of ideas and practice never before placed together within the context of dance studies.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Preface to the Paperback Edition Introduction PART I: CONSTRUCTIONS OF SPACE AND SUBJECTIVITY Travel Metaphors in Dance: Gendered Constructions of Travel, Spaces and Subjects Transforming City Spaces and Subjects Coastal Constructions in Lea Anderson's Out on the Windy Beach PART II: DANCING IN THE 'IN-BETWEEN SPACES' Desire Spatialized Differently in Dances that can be Read as Lesbian Hybridity and Nomadic Subjectivity in Shobana Jeyasingh's Duets with Automobiles Crossing the (Black) Atlantic: Spatial and Temporal Displacements in Meredith Monk's Ellis Island and Jonzi Di's Aeroplane Man PART III: INSIDE/OUTSIDE BODIES AND SPACES Fleshy Corporealities in Trisha Brown's If You Couldn't See Me, Lea Anderson's Joan and Yolande Snaith's Blind Faith Carnivalesque Subversions in Liz Aggiss's Grotesque Dancer, Mark Morris's Dogtown and Emilyn Claid's Across Your Heart Architectural Spaces in the Choreography of William Forsythe and De Keersmaeker's Rosas Danst Rosas Appendix Endnotes Bibliography Index