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Contemporary Political Theory

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 241–249 | Cite as

Dancing feminist conversations: Never without materiality

Dance and politics: Moving beyond boundaries Dana Mills, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2017, 144pp., ISBN: 978-1526105158
  • Dana Mills
  • Sarah Drews Lucas
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Dance has always been a powerful form of human expression. In my first book, Dance and Politics: Moving beyond Boundaries, I examined the political power of dance from a global perspective. I explored different dimensions of dance as a form of intervention into a politics more commonly articulated in words. I am interested in dance as a system of communication that allows its subjects to speak with their bodies and to create embodied spaces, drawing attention to the radically egalitarian nature of dance with its ability to transcend all boundaries of gender, race and sexual politics.1

The book is structured around a range of cross-cultural and comparative examples ranging from the work of dance pioneers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, to gumboot dancers in South Africa and the One Billion Rising movement, which uses dance to protest against gendered violence. The case studies are discussed within a conceptual framework drawing on Rancière’s concept of dissensus and in the light of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of ExeterExeterUK

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