"This a different angle": Dancing at the Louvre

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In the wake of the global Black Lives Matter protests and the statue­ toppling that marked the summer of 2020, this article reappraises the idea of dance in the museum as a form of “radical archaeology” (Crawley, 2020). It presents dance in the museum as a radical historiography for those bodies of colour previously rendered invisible, or only partially visible, by an oppressive curating of history. From a dance scholarship perspective, the ar­ticle examines a central case study, Beyoncé and Jay­-Z Carter’s music video APESHIT (2018), filmed in the Musée du Louvre (France), offering a close analysis of its complex choreographies of movement and still­ness to argue for dance in the museum as a metaphor­ical form of statue ­toppling, one that can powerfully challenge the art historical status quo.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-296
Number of pages14
JournalDanza e Ricerca
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

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