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Choreography and Corporeality

Relay in Motion

  • Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • Philipa Rothfield

Part of the New World Choreographies book series (NWC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Philipa Rothfield, Thomas F. DeFrantz
    Pages 1-12
  3. Rethinking Choreography

  4. Circuits and Circulation

  5. Affectivities

  6. Sites of Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Yutian Wong
      Pages 225-245
    3. Hanna Järvinen
      Pages 247-259

About this book


Dance travels as does thought about dance. This book renews thinking about the moving body by drawing on dance practice and performance from across the world. Eighteen internationally recognised scholars show how dance can challenge our thoughts and feelings about our own and other cultures, our emotions and prejudices, and our sense of public and private space. In so doing, they offer a multi-layered response to ideas of affect and emotion, culture and politics, and ultimately, the place of dance and art itself within society.

The chapters in this collection arise from a number of different political and historical contexts. By teasing out their detail and situating dance within them, art is given a political charge. That charge is informed by the work of Michel Foucault, Stuart Hall, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Rancière and Luce Irigaray as well as their forebears such as Spinoza, Plato and Freud. Taken together, Choreography and Corporeality: RELAY in Motion puts thought into motion, without forgetting its origins in the social world.


contemporary dance international dance transnational dance Gilles Deleuze Michel Foucault dance aesthetics kinaesthetics in dance movement studies physicality in performance multicultural choreography transculturalist choreography embodied interaction dance politics transcending boundaries national identity dance diplomacy site-specific performance choreography of repetition cultural capitalism audience-performer relationship arts choreography performing arts

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas F. DeFrantz
    • 1
  • Philipa Rothfield
    • 2
  1. 1.African and African American StudiesDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Politics and PhilosophyLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University, USA, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. He co-convened the Choreography and Corporeality working group (IFTR) from 2005-2013. Other books: Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American DanceDancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture, and Black Performance Theory.

Philipa Rothfield is an honorary staff member in philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia. She has an intermittent dance practice, having worked with Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) and Alice Cummins (Footfall Ensemble). She is a co-convener of the Choreography and Corporeality working group (IFTR). She is dance reviewer for RealTime Magazine, Momm Magazine, Korea and head of the Editorial Board for the Dancehouse Diary. She is also Creative Advisor for Dancehouse, Melbourne.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Choreography and Corporeality
  • Book Subtitle Relay in Motion
  • Editors Thomas F. DeFrantz
    Philipa Rothfield
  • Series Title New World Choreographies
  • Series Abbreviated Title New World Choreographies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-54652-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71409-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-54653-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 310
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Performing Arts
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