Tanzmuse in Turnschuhen – Zu Aspekten der Performativität in postmodernem Tanz und Performance Art

by Dorothea Rust

Tanzmuse in Turnschuhen – Zu Aspekten der Performativität in postmodernem Tanz und Performance Art

(unpublished) thesis, diploma project MAS Cultural/Gender Studies, 4th study course 2004-06, University of Art & Design, Institut for Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design, 2006, 116 pages

«The special interweaving of postmodern dance with aspects of Performance Art in the 60s and 70s is the focus of my investigation. As hardly ever before, dance has dealt intensively with art during this period. This led to a new survey of the medium of dance. On the basis of these reformulations in the medium of dance, differences and commonalities of performance and performativity are reflected for the first time in practice and theory. 
In the first part, the origins of the term performance and its assignments to performance art as well as the resulting attempts at delimitation and localisation will be presented. I start from the thesis that there are generally moments in performance that go beyond linguistics. These moments of suspending and suspending the discursive are essential, especially when it comes to paraphrasing and reformulating within the medium of dance. With a view to current theories of performativity in cultural studies - namely from theatre studies with the "aesthetics of the performative" by Erika Fischer-Lichte and from dance studies with the "kinetic performativity" by Gabriele Brandstetter - the relevance of the medium of dance and the movement phenomenon for cultural studies becomes clear. Like no other art form, dance has exploded traditional concepts of body and space. In the second part, the concepts of performance and performativity and questions from dance practice will be explained on the basis of "pioneering work" by the Judson Dance Theater in New York ... ».

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