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The Absence of the Work

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 5213 words.

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...

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Artaud: Presence and Ritual

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 5971 words.

This chapter considers to what extent the desire for presence is destined from the beginning to impossibility and unrealizability. It ponders how much this presence can reproduce, alongside...

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Choreographers and Musicians in Collaboration, from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century

Stephanie Jordan.

in The Oxford Handbook of Creative Process in Music

P ublished online July 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Dance. 11511 words.

Traditionally, dance has always needed music, although over the last century, this relationship has frequently been questioned. This chapter charts key historical shifts in choreomusical...

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Conclusion (1)

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 177 words.

These final sections of the book provides some concluding thoughts on the role of art generally, and dance specifically, in the current crisis. It looks towards defining the term...

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Conclusion (2)

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 2090 words.

This second conclusion to the book proposes two distinctions which could form the basis of a classification of the various art forms. There are arguably two essential features which define...

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Conjuring Magic as Survival

Halifu Osumare.

in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater

August 2015; p ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Dance; Music Cognition. 9459 words.

This chapter is an inquiry into contemporary hip-hop theater and dance as one of the latest genres of concert theater that is steeped in an Africanist aesthetic with multiracial proponents....

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Identity: Two Regimes

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 7744 words.

This chapter examines in detail the identity of the choreographic work, which has the peculiarity of being unwritten yet repeatable. In order to do so, the chapter constructs a theoretical...

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Intending the Unintentional, Repeating the Unrepeatable

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 4902 words.

This chapter examines the contemporary relationships between improvisation and composition, precisely insofar as these apparently distort how we conventionally conceive of both the work and...

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Lack of Tools as Loss of Memory

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 2476 words.

This chapter bases its discussion on Bernard Stiegler’s analysis in Technics and Time (1998). He argues that every technique externalized in material objects simultaneously exteriorizes...

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Mallarmé: Deciphering the Stage

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 10733 words.

This chapter draws out some minimal or superficial effects of Stéphane Mallarmé’s writings on dance, and of his other prose texts which mention dance tangentially. The first thing to note...

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On Transcendental Absenting

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 4619 words.

This chapter posits a certain “void” upon which the few scraps of philosophical discussion of dance are scattered. It argues that this central void operates like a caesura, determining a...

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Oral Identities: Passing Dance On, Making Versions

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 8467 words.

This chapter considers the means of oral transmission in terms of what the oral implies for the survival and status of works. Where the survival of works depends on the memory of the...

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Presence, Ideality, Signification

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 13334 words.

This chapter approaches the question of the “spectacle” in a different way, by taking the position of a historically naive contemporary who believes that there is an essence of spectacle...

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Section 1

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 3325 words.

The contemporary is perhaps displayed, even staged. Maybe the contemporary (choreographic?) stage can be read as somehow representing the spirit of our times, our own era. A defining...

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Section 2

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 2118 words.

The first feature of the transformation described above consists in the dissolution of stable companies. Temporary and local coalitions took the place of stable teams of salaried...

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Section 3

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 2138 words.

In the previous section, we saw how contemporary choreography reflects on the essence of the stage and its contemporaneity, in the very moment of performance itself. In parallel, a renewed...

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A Space with No Place (Straus and Ecstasy)

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 9757 words.

This chapter argues that Erwin Straus assigns dance very definitely to the domain of smooth space. Music is dance’s condition of possibility because it establishes the only space that could...

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Spectacle, Ritual, Divertissement

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 10685 words.

This chapter poses the question of the conditions under which dance is inscribed on the Western stage. From the point of view of general anthropology, the history of choreography as such...

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The Supporting Trace: Images and Scores

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 6935 words.

This chapter explores the modalities of work survival dependent on material traces. These traces linger in the form of fragments of pottery, inscriptions, photos, films, and also scores....

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Technique or Language: An Analogical Impasse

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 2765 words.

This chapter takes an historical and textual detour to discuss Marcel Mauss’s (1934) paper “Techniques of the body” (reprinted in Mauss 2006). In doing so, the chapter addresses only the...

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