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Choreography Invisible: The Disappearing Work of Dance

Anna Pakes


Focusing on Western theatre dance, Choreography Invisible explores the metaphysics of dances and choreographic works. It draws on a range of resources from analytic philosophy of art to develop the argument that dances are repeatable structures of action. The book also analyses the idea of the dance work in long-term historical perspective. Tracing different ways in which dances have been conceptualised across time, the book considers changing notions of authorship, fixity, persistence, and autonomy from the fifteenth century to the present day. The modern work-concept is interrogated, its rel ... More

Keywords: philosophy of dance, ontology of art, metaphysics of art, choreographic work, ballet, choreography, notation, reconstruction, dance history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199988211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199988211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Pakes, author
Senior Lecturer in Dance, University of Roehampton