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MSA 11: Languages of Dance and the Body


LANGUAGES OF DANCE AND THE BODY: Panel Proposal for MSA 11

2009 sees the centenary of the Ballet Russes with an international conference in Boston and a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2010), and coincides with a burgeoning interest in dance and ballet in the early twentieth-century. This panel seeks to expand the consideration of the languages of dance and the body both within and beyond the impact of the Ballet Russes, encouraging dialogues between modern dance, popular dance, and ballet, across disciplinary boundaries, and across national borders. Papers should address how particular performances, forms, practitioners, companies or choreographers expressed or engaged with the discourses and dialogues of modernism.

Possible topics might be:
- modern dance and national culture
- physical culture and modern dance
- fashion, form and dancing bodies
- visual culture and modern dance
- non-narrative dance and modernist fiction
- hieroglyphics and dance
- Bloomsbury modernism and dance
- natural bodies and technological bodies in modern dance
- photography, film and modern dance
- cabaret, burlesque and spectacular display
- dance and fascism
- the Ballets Russes in South America
- dancing spaces, dance halls, theatres, stages
- New York Dada and dance
- dance crazes

Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief CV to Dr Alex Goody, Oxford Brookes University, UK (agoody@brookes.ac.uk)


Conference Location: Montreal, Canada
Conference Starts: November 05, 2009
Conference Ends: November 08, 2009

CFP Submission Deadline: May 01, 2009

For more information, contact: Alex Goody

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