Dance and politics

Moving beyond boundaries

Dana Mills
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Dance has always been a method of self- expression for human beings. This book examines the political power of dance and especially its transgressive potential. Focusing on readings of dance pioneers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, Gumboots dancers in the gold mines of South Africa, the One Billion Rising movement using dance to protest against gendered violence, dabkeh in Palestine and dance as protest against human rights abuse in Israel, the Sun Dance within the Native American Crow tribe, the book focuses on the political power of dance and moments in which dance transgresses politics articulated in words. Thus the book seeks ways in which reading political dance as interruption unsettles conceptions of politics and dance.


‘Aimed at an audience of political theorists and dance and performance students and scholars, the technical language and critical readings of Jacques Ranciere, among others, can make for heavy going for the untutored enthusiast. But as Mills develops the discussion, she moves away from abstract theory and into a series of case studies that start with Isadora Duncan's 1907 Musical Moment. It's at this point that the arguments within Dance and Politics begin to intersect and gain clarity.'
Susan Darlington
The people's daily Morning Star

‘Dance and Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries offers a fresh and essentially optimistic exploration of the political dimensions of dance.'
Victoria Thoms, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University
Dance Review Journal

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