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Unworking Choreography: The Notion of the Work in Dance

Frédéric Pouillaude


There is no archive or museum of human movement where choreographies can be collected and conserved in pristine form. The central consequence of this is the incapacity of philosophy and aesthetics to think of dance as a positive and empirical art. In the eyes of philosophers, dance refers to a space other than art, considered both more frivolous and more fundamental than the artwork without ever quite attaining the status of a work. This book develops this idea and postulates a désoeuvrement (unworking) as evidenced by a conspicuous absence of references to actual choreographic works within ph ... More

Keywords: human movement, dance, choreographic works, dance works, dance identity, performance, ancient Greek theater, dance technique

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199314645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frédéric Pouillaude, author
University of Paris - Sorbonne

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