Choreographic legacies : (dis)embodied assemblages of queer and colonial histories
- As many of the pioneers of American modern dance have passed away in recent years, the dance field has become intensely preoccupied with the issues surrounding the role of choreography in artistic afterlives. While contemporary concern with Legacy plans points to the desire to curate the history of the choreographer through the afterlife of the choreography, popular attention to the marginalization of women and people of color from artistic institutions also points to a contemporary effect of historical assertions of control over dancing bodies. This project focuses on the lowercase legacies; the legacies that have persisted invisibly, subtly shaping the landscape of possibility within performance. Shifting the popular orientation of our contemporary preoccupation with Legacy to include the assemblage of racist, sexist, and homophobic legacies that have contoured the Western canon, I focus on the violent imperial legacies that have become choreographically embedded within dance history. By the very nature of their embeddedness, these legacies circulate prolifically throughout dance history, across the genres of ballet and modern dance, to impact dance production across the globe. My focus on the transmission of these embedded legacies over more than a century of dance history and across three continents also attends to the persistent issue of dance's temporality. The debate surrounding dance's ontological relationship with ephemerality compels a necessary characterization dance not as a performance of disappearance, but of endurance. The shift from Legacies with a capital "L" to the embedded legacies on which this dissertation focuses invites a new consideration of legacy that is dependent on the medium of performance itself. These legacies prove dance's temporal endurance and influence within sociopolitical constructs that uphold the power of the dominant. This analysis of the temporalities of dance performance and afterlife points towards new considerations of dance's transmission and durability.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Stanford University, Department of Theater and Performance Studies.
|Menon, Jisha, 1972-
|Menon, Jisha, 1972-
|Statement of responsibility
|Submitted to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.
|Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2017.
- © 2017 by Rebecca L Chaleff
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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