Dancefilm as Gestural Exchange
The final chapter looks at the unifying tendencies across the breadth of dancefilm practice and the relationship between dancefilm and the spectator. It is based on Jean‐François Lyotard's essay, “Gesture and Commentary,” which deals with the operations of the work of art as “gesture” and the challenge it presents to philosophical discourse. Lyotard offers a particularly performative model of the gesture of the work of art that has a clear affinity with the conditions of dancefilm. Lyotard's gestural model of aesthetic production and reception is used to develop a conceptual framework for reading dancefilm, allowing the author to move on from questions regarding the specificities of cine‐choreographic orders to pursue a means by which the general characteristics, operations, and processes of the form can be considered across a broad variety of examples.
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