Dance's Political Imaginaries

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    This chapter examines claims made by choreographers and scholars about a particular type of political value. In relation to ideas arising in philosophical aesthetics about the distinction between inherent and instrumental value, and different forms of cognitivist value, I examine how claims made through the textual framing of performance about dance’s ability to challenge neoliberal capitalism create a paradox in which dance’s non-instrumental character is instrumentalised as politically useful. In response to this paradox, I go on to suggest that claims about dance’s political nature function as a form of ‘myth’ which gives rise to an ‘imaginary’ in which dance can oppose the structural forces within which it is produced, shared and consumed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA World of Muscle, Bone and Organ: Research and Scholarship in Dances
    Number of pages34
    ISBN (Print)9781846000836
    Publication statusPublished - May 2018


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