Dance by André Lepecki
(Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)

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This collection surveys the choreographic turn in the artistic imagination from the 1950s onwards, and in doing so outlines the philosophies of movement instrumental to the development of experimental dance. By introducing and discussing the concepts of embodiment and corporeality, choreopolitics, and the notion of dance in an expanded field, Dance establishes the aesthetics and politics of dance as a major impetus in contemporary culture. It offers testimonies and writings by influential visual artists whose work has taken inspiration from dance and choreography. Dance--because of its ephemerality, corporeality, precariousness, scoring, and performativity--is arguably the art form that most clearly engages the politics of aesthetics in contemporary culture. Dance's ephemerality suggests the possibility of an escape from the regimes of commodification and fetishization in the arts. Its corporeality can embody critiques of representation inscribed in bodies and subjects. Its precariousness underlines the fragility of contemporary states of being. Scoring links it with conceptual art, as language becomes the articulator for possible as well as impossible modes of action. Finally, because dance always establishes a contract, or promise, between its choreographic planning and its actualization in movement, it reveals an essential performativity in its aesthetic project--a central concern for both art and critical thought in our time.


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André Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He is the author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and Politics of Movement (2006) and a regular contributor to Performance Research, Drama Review, Artforum, Nouvelles de Danse, and other publications in Europe, Brazil, and the Middle East
Published August 10, 2012 by The MIT Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In her new collection, NYU associate professor of performance studies Lepecki begins by noting that while dance has consolidated its themes and forms with other art forms, it remains overlooked in critical and theoretical art discourse.

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courtesy of Rosas Press and Promotion) Dance Composes Philosophy Composes Dance Series Guest Editor André Lepecki 17 Mutant Enunciations Mutant Enunciations André Lepecki With this issue, we begin a series dedicated to contemporary dance and critical dance studies.

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Here, Lepecki hopes to introduce to the “vastly U.S.-dominated field of dance studies other voices and theoretical perspectives on dance—voices and perspectives coming from countries and traditions with little or no exposure in the U.S. (or in the Anglophone world)—and particularly with little or...

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