Re: Pose

David Rodger (
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 18:48:43 +0100

>I am going to suggest that prior to the more recent explicit
>introduction of 'technology' into the field, discourse on dance was marked
>by the following separations.
>discourses on physical training and performance: physics, physiology,
>anatomy, mathematics, etc.
>discourses on artistic training and critical interpretation: psychology,
>history, anthropology, aesthetics, philosophy, communication and cultural
>studies, etc.

What is called "cultural studies" probably antedates dance and technology,
but I generally like the cut o' yo' jib, Mr de la Hunta.

It occurs to me that an "extreme" dance form like classical ballet (oh, now
there's some flamebait) emphasizes or exaggerates the latter group and
neglects the former. This might explain why so many dancers suffer
horrendous and chronic injuries.

>what I would say is that
>along with the explicit introduction of (or wedding of) 'technology' to the
>field (via the practices of many of the individuals on this list)...
>something different is taking place, historically speaking, and our bodies
>seem to be welcoming the blurring of these categories of discourse.

Well, many proponents of "dance-tech" spend a lot of time on the aesthetic
and philosophical (i.e. the latter group of approaches), but their
technology _demands_ consideration of the former group. This doesn't mean
that the admission of both groups can occur only with dance-tech practices,
but that the latter have brought the interaction of both to the fore.

Regards, David

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