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Unworking ChoreographyThe Notion of the Work in Dance$
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Frédéric Pouillaude

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199314645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314645.001.0001

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The Absence of the Work

The Absence of the Work

Presence, Expenditure, Auto-affection

(p.53) Chapter 4 The Absence of the Work
Unworking Choreography

Frédéric Pouillaude

, Anna Pakes
Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the process of absenting in more radical terms that previously discussed in this book. More specifically, it attempts to move from absenting as a mere tendency of discourse to the absence of the work as an explicit determination of what dance is. It is not just works that are absented. Rather, the object of enquiry itself, understood in terms of the twin notions of expenditure and auto-affection, is identified with the absence of the work. Presence (from the self to itself in the intimacy of an unstinting present) becomes the generic term allowing conversion of the negative as such (absence of the work) to a positive (jouissance or ecstasy).

Keywords:   absenting, absence of the work, expenditure, auto-affection, presence, jouissance, ecstasy

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