The Flexible

  • Annelies Van AsscheEmail author


I focus on the faculties of respectively polyvalence, flexibility, and adaptability as seen through the lens of contemporary dance. Drawing on my qualitative data, I conclude that a dance artist’s body ought to be polyvalent, flexible, and adaptable, but also their entire set of pragmatic transferable skills needs to be marked by polyvalence, flexibility, and adaptability in order to remain employable. I conclude that the fast, mobile, and flexible modi operandi bring about more adaptable pieces that do not necessarily require a theater space, but in line with the neoliberal logic they can be performed anywhere and anytime. In addition, I provide an in-depth discussion of how these three dimensions are reflected in dance performance, for which I carefully selected VOLCANO (2014) by Liz Kinoshita.


Polyvalence Flexibility Adaptability Contemporary dance Employable Neoliberal logic Dance performance Liz Kinoshita 


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  1. 1.GentBelgium

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