Dance as Radical Archaeology

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Abstract

This essay examines from an artist-researcher perspective the durational solo dance work Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments), created for and performed at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (UK) in 2018. It asks how dance's presence in the archaeological museum might allow an alternative visibility for ancient female bodies previously rendered only partially visible by history. It makes a claim for dance in the archaeological museum as a subversive act of radical archaeology, in terms of how, by playing on notions of dismembering/remembering histories, it seeks to disrupt received notions of how we view and understand ancient history and culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-100
Number of pages13
JournalDance Research Journal
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2020

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Keywords

  • ancient history
  • archaeology
  • choreography
  • classics
  • feminism
  • memory
  • museum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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