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In this article, we encapsulate several key debates in sociology, cultural and arts politics and the media industry on precarious work since its emergence at the turn of the twenty-first century. After setting out the fundamental discourses on precarity, we concentrate on contemporary dance...
In this article, I explain the demanding creative challenges that Robert Helpmann had to face regarding Miracle in the Gorbals (1944) and Adam Zero (1946) by examining the difficulties presented by the concepts behind the scenarios and Helpmann's own artistic commitments. In relation to the...
Mary Wigman's expressive dance (Ausdruckstanz) was a significant strand within Weimar dance that, although new in its inception, featured elements that recalled the ancient tradition of shamanic dance. Drawing on articles from the Weimar period and recent accounts of shamanism, as well as...
Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes came to an end with his death in 1929, but it has since been an endless source of fascination and inspiration for dancers, dance historians and fans. It would seem that every aspect of the Ballets Russes has been exhaustively explored and documented – from the...
Friedrich Nietzsche's influence on Isadora Duncan's work, in particular his idea of the Dionysian, has been widely discussed, especially in regard to her later work. What has been left underdeveloped in critical examinations of her work, however, is his influence on her earlier choreographic...
To answer this question, I focus on dance movement style in one particular Petipa ballet; but in doing so, I seek to go further and to raise a more fundamental issue, namely, how we should distinguish between classroom technique and art? Petipa dances present a specific example of the problem...
Throughout the eighteenth century, scandalous literature perpetuated a strongly male-gendered image of dance spectatorship through its preoccupation with the moral and sexual status of female ballet dancers. The frequency with which authors of scandal sheets, novels, satire and political...
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