Toward a Theory of Screendance

Douglas Rosenberg

in Screendance

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772612
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949670 | DOI:
Toward a Theory of Screendance

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Having covered activist curating, connoisseurship, critical analysis of work in the field, and the excavation of genres to identify patterns and trends in screendance, the author closes in further on a theory of screendance. This chapter suggests paradigms intended to describe observations about the field and possible approaches to amending the way we think about the practice. Subsequent to addressing ideas by feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey, dance historian John Martin and Walter Benjamin, the author provides close readings of two important works for the screen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosa Danst Rosas and Hilary Harris’ Nine Variations on a Dance Theme, in order to gesture toward how meaning is constructed via strategies of framing the body, gender and the performative nature of editing. Both works are viewed while thinking about the camera as a carnivorous image-prosthetic device.

Keywords: Benjamin; Harris; Mulvey; screendance theory; body framing; camera

Chapter.  7139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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