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Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Early Twentieth Century

Lucia Ruprecht

Abstract

Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Early Twentieth Century offers a new interpretation of European modernist dance by addressing it as guiding medium in a vibrant field of gestural culture that ranges across art and philosophy. Taking further Cornelius Castoriadis’s concept of the social imaginary, it explores this imaginary’s embodied forms. Close readings of dances, photographs, and literary texts are juxtaposed with discussions of gestural theory by thinkers including Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, and Aby Warburg. Choreographic gesture is defined as a force of intermit ... More

Keywords: choreographic gesture, gestural imaginary, gesture theory, gestural revolution, modernist dance, Ausdruckstanz, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Rancière

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190659370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190659370.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucia Ruprecht, author
Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge