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Dancing Bodies and Modernity

Ramsay Burt

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0032

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Dancing Bodies and Modernity

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This article explores the emergence of modernist dance and ballet in the early twentieth century. It focuses on Vaslav Nijinsky's famous production of Sacre du printemps, performed by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1913, and the premier of Mary Wigman's first Hexentanz in 1914. The article considers early modernist artworks as a series of pluralist and contingent solutions to emergent artistic problems, and research into the relation between modernism and the social experience of modernity. It investigates how the dancing body in Wigman's and Nijinsky's dance works mediated new ideas about the embodiment of subjectivities in modern times.

Keywords: modernist dance; ballet; Vaslav Nijinsky; Sacre du printemps; Sergei Diaghilev; Ballets Russes; dancing body

Article.  8593 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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