Special Issue "Dance and Abstraction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (11 October 2019).
Interests: 20th-century art; modernism; intermediality; relations between dance and the plastic arts; Auguste Rodin; Fernand Léger; Loïe Fuller; Ballets Russes; Cambodian dance; post-colonial theory
Interests: 20th-century art; performance art; mid-century abstract art; Yvonne Rainer and her students; Joan Mitchell; Melvin Edwards; Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s
Our proposed Special Issue focuses on the relationship between dance and abstraction broadly understood, encompassing explorations of non-objective form and "pure dance"; mediation and substitution; systems of economic circulation or technological data; racial constructs and the operations of subjecthood. The group of essays gathered here, which examine case studies spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s situated in diverse locales across Europe, Brazil, and the United States, collectively provide a historical grounding for current artistic practices and scholarly conversations on the issue of embodiment. In dance, visual art, and film prior to the 1980s, the body was often used in impersonal ways, as a manipulable and abstractable material, by artists who exploited both its general, universal qualities and its imbrication in the specificity of lived experience. Many works produced in this period also used the body to explore modern concepts of what makes a human being or experimented with bodies and forms of embodiment as they figured in collective political formations. The essays in this Special Issue show that abstraction, when conveyed through or combined with the performing body, is a crucial vehicle through which ideas motivating political and artistic practice have been given form over the past hundred years. Collectively, they provide a new framework for understanding both dance and abstraction, advancing the scholarly discourse on embodiment in the fields of art history and dance studies, and are intended to promote further dialogue between the two fields.
Dr. Juliet Bellow
Dr. S. Elise Archias
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