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Ramsay Burt

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199321926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321926.001.0001

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Transatlantic Comparisons

Transatlantic Comparisons

(p.31) 2 Transatlantic Comparisons
Ungoverning Dance

Ramsay Burt

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores differences between the development of contemporary dance in Europe and the United States during the 1990s. It places these in the context of accounts of this development by Susan Foster and André Lepecki. It locates the origins of neoliberal capitalisation of consumerism and aspiration within the counterculture of the 1970s, which was also the origin of many of the somatically based dance practices for which American artists are renowned. It argues, however, that the way in which the dance scene in New York was turned into a neoliberal market had the effect of marginalising and eliminating the critical potential underlying those new American dance practices. It then uses this to develop critical readings of works in the 1990s and early 2000s from Europe and the United States by Trisha Brown, John Jasperse, Xavier Le Roy, and Jérôme Bel.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, counterculture, Trisha Brown, John Jasperse, Xavier Le Roy, Jérôme Bel

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