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Movements of Interweaving
Dance and Corporeality in Times of Travel and Migration

ISBN 9780815356233
Published August 10, 2018 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

Movements of Interweaving is a rich collection of essays exploring the concept of interweaving performance cultures in the realms of movement, dance, and corporeality. Focusing on dance performances as well as on scenarios of cultural movements on a global scale, it not only challenges the concept of intercultural dance performances, but through its innovative approach also calls attention to the specific qualities of "interweaving" as a form of movement itself.

Divided into four sections, this volume features an international team of scholars together developing a new critical perspective on the cultural practices of movement, travel and migration in and beyond dance.

Table of Contents

Movements of Interweaving

Introduction by Gabriele Brandstetter, Gerko Egert and Holger Hartung


Dancing, Traveling, Migrating

1 Akram Khan. The Creative Confusion of the Migrating Body

Guy Cools

2 Whale’s Tails and Rose Petals. Tanztheater’s Souvenir Bodies and Butoh’s Rwanda

Katherine Mezur

3 Hashtag Mitimiti. Reciprocities of Indigenized Dance

Jacqueline Shea Murphy

4 The Interweaving of Movement Cultures in Gregory Maqoma’s Beautiful Me

Sabine Sörgel



5 Throwing the Aging Body into the Fight. Raimund Hoghe’s An Evening with Judy in Kyoto

Nanako Nakajima

6 The Gesture of Interweaving. A Look at the Landscape of Contemporary Dance in Brazil

Cristina F. Rosa

7 Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project

Susan Foster

8 From Curse to Cure through Performing the Contagious Body. Colonial and Postcolonial Dis/Continuities from Jean Rouch to Ousmane Sembène

Klaus-Peter Köpping


Movement as Interweaving

9 Reggie Wilson and the Making of Moses(es)

Susan Manning

10 Black Swan of Trespass: Dramaturgies of Public Space

Paul Carter

11 The Inception of Yanomami Shamanic Initiation and the Movement of Parts

Evelyn Schuler & Alfredo Zea



12 Border Control––Framing the Atypical Body. You say radical, I say conservative; you say inclusive, I say subversive . . .

Kaite O’Reilly

13 ReNaissance of the Orient in Gustave Flaubert’s "Hérodias". Interwoven movement patterns in Salome’s Dance

Gabriele Brandstetter

14 Interweaving Dance Archives. Devadasis, Bayadères and Nautch Girls of 1838

Avanthi Meduri

15 The Contemplative Spectator. Seeing as a Mode of Stilling Mind

Navtej Johar

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Gabriele Brandstetter is co-director of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" and Professor of Theater and Dance Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.


Gerko Egert is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Applied Theater Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen.


Holger Hartung is coordinator of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at the Freie Universität Berlin.