The Politics of Movement

or the political genesis of a choreographic gesture

The life of an expatriate sharpens one’s perceptions of cultural differences, as deep as one’s body. A life in dance also leads to a particular sensitivity : while working the material of movement, the dancer discovers in a singular fashion, certain realities of the human condition, which are felt as much in the body as in the mind.

Questions of differences, of the mechanics of contemporary dance, and of the political source of a danced gesture are here treated from several points of view : writings on dance, a look at certain dance techniques, the work of several choreographers and their styles, analyses of movement, as well as literary, anthropological, philosophical and political writings.

This text proposes the recognition of the profoundness of choreographic movement, a quest toward the eminently political element of this movement, as well as its capacity to catalyze social change.

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