The Absence of the Work

Frédéric Pouillaude

in Unworking Choreography

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780199314645
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190649968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Dance Theory

The Absence of the Work

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This chapter explores the process of absenting in more radical terms that previously discussed in this book. More specifically, it attempts to move from absenting as a mere tendency of discourse to the absence of the work as an explicit determination of what dance is. It is not just works that are absented. Rather, the object of enquiry itself, understood in terms of the twin notions of expenditure and auto-affection, is identified with the absence of the work. Presence (from the self to itself in the intimacy of an unstinting present) becomes the generic term allowing conversion of the negative as such (absence of the work) to a positive (jouissance or ecstasy).

Keywords: absenting; absence of the work; expenditure; auto-affection; presence; jouissance; ecstasy

Chapter.  5213 words. 

Subjects: Dance ; Music Theory and Analysis

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