Towards a Politics of Poetry, Gesture and Laughter

  • Daniela Perazzo DommEmail author
Part of the New World Choreographies book series (NWC)


As a way of conclusion, Perazzo Domm conceptualises the political potentialities of Jonathan Burrows’ choreography, reflecting on three modalities that have variously intersected the book’s discussion of the work: poetry, gesture and laughter. The chapter calls upon poetry as a modality that, through its opacity and slippages of signification, resists today’s dominant logic of exchange and value. Gesture is foregrounded for its relationality: as a movement towards an elsewhere and an otherwise, gesture functions politically through its commitment to thinking beyond the present, towards a different future. Laughter is theorised as an act of suspension that, by inhabiting an in-between, implicates a political commitment to transformation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Performing ArtsKingston University LondonKingston upon ThamesUK

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