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Susan Manning and Lucia Ruprecht

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036767

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036767.001.0001

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Lecture Performance as Contemporary Dance

Lecture Performance as Contemporary Dance

(p.232) 14. Lecture Performance as Contemporary Dance
New German Dance Studies

Maaike Bleeker

University of Illinois Press

The “lecture performance” is a key genre in the field of Konzepttanz. Prominently present in the early twenty-first-century scene of experimental dance, this genre is not limited to dance only, nor is it exclusively German. Lecture performances give expression to an understanding of dance as a form of knowledge production—knowledge not (or not only) about dance but also dance as a specific form of knowledge that raises questions about the nature of knowledge and about practices of doing research. This chapter situates this trend within a genealogy of bodily knowledge and its academic dissemination that had reached its first high point in the dance conventions during the Weimar years. By analyzing particular examples of lecture performances, it demonstrates the self-reflexive structures that emerge between scientific paper and corporeal act. It explains in which ways lecture performances redefine what it means to be a dancer, seeing it as an attitude rather than a profession.

Keywords:   lecture performance, Konzepttanz, dance, experimental dance, knowledge production

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