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Location: Dance Faculty Studio, ATHD 159

The anachronisms of contemporary dance

With the creation of A Mary Wigman Dance Evening, I entered into a fully bodied investigation of the politics of time in the definition of contemporary dance. Broadly, it seemed to me that to be contemporary required to establish a distance with anything that could look historical, the mark of being non-contemporary being "to look old-fashioned" or "traditional." Who defines this contemporaneity? Where? Upon which historical narrative is this border drawn?

To understand how our daily practices in the studio are given (or not) a value as contemporary, we will depart from Chakrabarty's critique of historicism as a Western conception of historical time by which cultural differences are perceived as differences in historical development. We will dwell into the question of up to what extent our understanding of contemporary dance is framed by a historicist imagination and we will consider the importance of localizing and contextualizing every possible definition of contemporary dance.

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