Gestural Imaginaries

23 October 2019, 12:30 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Lucia Ruprecht (MML, University of Cambridge)


Abstract

Lucia Ruprecht will introduce her book Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Early Twentieth Century (OUP 2019). The book offers a new interpretation of European modernist dance by addressing it as a guiding medium in a vibrant field of gestural culture that ranged across art and philosophy. Close readings of dances, photographs, and literary texts are juxtaposed with discussions of gestural theory by thinkers including Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, and Aby Warburg. Choreographic gesture is defined as a force of intermittency that creates a new theoretical status of dance. This also bears on contemporary approaches to gesture by Giorgio Agamben and Jacques Rancière. Mobilizing dance history and movement analysis, Ruprecht highlights the critical impact of works by choreographers such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Jo Mihaly, and Alexander and Clotilde Sakharoff. She also offers choreographic readings of Franz Kafka and Alfred Döblin.

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