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Yes? No! Maybe…
Seductive Ambiguity in Dance

ISBN 9780415372473
Published May 25, 2006 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Covering fifty years of British dance, from Margot Fonteyn to innovative contemporary practitioners such as Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock, Yes? No! Maybe is an innovative approach to performing and watching dance.

Emilyn Claid brings her life experience and interweaves it with academic theory and historical narrative to create a dynamic approach to dance writing.

Using the 1970s revolution of new dance as a hinge, Claid looks back to ballet and forward to British independent dance which is new dance’s legacy. She explores the shifts in performer-spectator relationships, and investigates questions of subjectivity, absence and presence, identity, gender, race and desire using psychoanalytical, feminist, postmodern, post-structuralist and queer theoretical perspectives.

Artists and practitioners, professional performers, teachers, choreographers and theatre-goers will all find this book an informative and insightful read.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  List of Illustrations  Introduction  1. Setting the Scene  2. X6: A Hinge in Time  Part 1: Yes? Fantasies of Perfection: Setting the Scene for Change  3. Upward Line  4. Watching Ballet: Illusion Becoming Real  5. Performing Ballet: Real Becoming Illusion  6. Classical Androgyny  7. Cracking the Myth  8. The Oedipal Narrative  9. An Articulate Silence  10. Dying to Please  Part 2: No! Coming down to Earth as Dancing Subjects  11. Expressions from the Lifeworld  12. Figures of Parody  13. Subverting Tragedy  14. Feminist Battles with Androgyny  15. Within the Frame of Nw Dance  16. Letting go of the Mirror  17. A Figure of Jouissance  18. K/no/w Body of Illusion: Seduction in Reverse  19. Derrida’s Presents  20. Parallel Emergences  21. Different Visibilities  22. Negation of Seduction  23. The Other of the Other  24. Kristeva’s Crunch  25. Collective Strategies  26. The X6 Legacy  27. Drawn to the Mainstream  28. Repertory versus Project  29. Middle-Mush  Part 3: Maybe... Full Body, Empty Body and Ambiguous Points of Play  30. Process to Product  31. Full Body Empty Body  32. The Chameleon  33. Boys Transcending  34. His Look is his Gaze  35. Bodies of Pleasure  36. Letting go of Fear  37. Re-Figuring Androgyny  38. Queer Living  39. Re-Dressing the Girls  Conclusion  40. Eye Flight  Notes  Bibliography

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