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Ramsay Burt: The Biopolitics of Modernist Dance and Suffragette Protest
The Biopolitics of Modernist Dance and Suffragette Protest
(p. 247 – 258)

Ramsay Burt

The Biopolitics of Modernist Dance and Suffragette Protest

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  • performativity
  • dancing
  • theatre studies
  • politics
  • community
  • globalization
  • body
  • sociology

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Ramsay Burt

is Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University and also teaches at PARTS in Brussels. With Susan Foster, he is founder editor of Discourses in Dance.

Stefan Hölscher (ed.), Gerald Siegmund (ed.): Dance, Politics & Co-Immunity

This volume is dedicated to the question of how dance, both in its historical and in its contemporary manifestations, is intricately linked to conceptualisations of the political. Whereas in this context the term "policy" means the reproduction of hegemonic power relations within already existing institutional structures, politics refers to those practices which question the space of policy as such by inscribing that into its surface which has had no place before. The art of choreography consists in distributing bodies and their relations in space. It is a distribution of parts that within the field of the visible and the sayable allocates positions to specific bodies. Yet in the confrontation between bodies and their relations, a deframing and dislocating of positions may take place. The essays included in this book are aimed at the multiple connections between politics, community, dance, and globalisation from the perspective of e.g. Dance and Theatre Studies, History, Philosophy, and Sociology.

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