Moving Otherwise: Dance, Violence, and Memory in Buenos Aires

Author:   Victoria Fortuna (Assistant Professor, Dance Department, Reed College)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
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9780190627010


Pages:   264
Publication Date:   14 January 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Moving Otherwise: Dance, Violence, and Memory in Buenos Aires


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Moving Otherwise examines how contemporary dance practices in Buenos Aires, Argentina enacted politics within climates of political and economic violence from the mid-1960s to the mid-2010s. From the repression of military dictatorships to the precarity of economic crises, contemporary dancers and audiences consistently responded to and reimagined the everyday choreographies that have accompanied Argentina's volatile political history. The titular concept, moving otherwise names how both concert dance and its off-stage practice and consumption offer alternatives to and modes to critique the patterns of movement and bodily comportment that shape everyday life in contexts marked by violence. Drawing on archival research based in institutional and private collections, over fifty interviews with dancers and choreographers, and the author's embodied experiences as a collaborator and performer with active groups, the book analyzes how a wide range of practices moved otherwise, including concert works, community dance initiatives, and the everyday labor that animates dance. It demonstrates how these diverse practices represent, resist, and remember violence and engender new forms of social mobilization on and off the theatrical stage. As the first book length critical study of Argentine contemporary dance, it introduces a breadth of choreographers to an English speaking audience, including Ana Kamien, Susana Zimmermann, Estela Maris, Alejandro Cervera, Renate Schottelius, Susana Tambutti, Silvia Hodgers, and Silvia Vladimivsky. It also considers previously undocumented aspects of Argentine dance history, including crossings between contemporary dancers and 1970s leftist political militancy, Argentine dance labor movements, political protest, and the prominence of tango themes in contemporary dance works that address the memory of political violence. Contemporary dance, the book demonstrates, has a rich and diverse history of political engagement in Argentina.

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Author:   Victoria Fortuna (Assistant Professor, Dance Department, Reed College)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.20cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 24.50cm
Weight:   0.592kg
ISBN:  

9780190627010


ISBN 10:   0190627018
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   14 January 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface The Dancing Body on the Line: An Introduction 1. Mobile Bodies 2. The Revolution Was Danced 3. Dance as the Art of Survival 4. Moving Trauma 5. Common Goods Epilogue: The History of Memory Notes Bibliography Index

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Victoria Fortuna offers a stirring yet incisive exploration into the world of Argentinian dance under the duress of political violence. A compelling study of moving within and against the restraints of neoliberalism, Moving Otherwise makes a vital contribution to the fields of dance studies and human rights. * Paul A. Scolieri, Columbia University * In her deeply thoughtful and beautifully written analysis of contemporary dance in Buenos Aires, Victoria Fortuna deftly interweaves ethnography with critical theory to reveal how dancing bodies constitute a resistive force - both in the studio and on the streets. Moving Otherwise situates the choreographies of memory within the histories of state violence and grassroots activism in Argentina, providing an important global perspective for the study of dance and politics. * Ann Cooper Albright, author of Engaging Bodies: The Politics and Poetics of Corporeality *


In her deeply thoughtful and beautifully written analysis of contemporary dance in Buenos Aires, Victoria Fortuna deftly interweaves ethnography with critical theory to reveal how dancing bodies constitute a resistive force a both in the studio and on the streets. Moving Otherwise situates the choreographies of memory within the histories of state violence and grassroots activism in Argentina, providing an important global perspective for the study of dance and politics. -- Ann Cooper Albright, author of Engaging Bodies: The Politics and Poetics of Corporeality Victoria Fortuna offers a stirring yet incisive exploration into the world of Argentinian dance under the duress of political violence. A compelling study of moving within and against the restraints of neoliberalism, Moving Otherwise makes a vital contribution to the fields of dance studies and human rights. -- Paul A. Scolieri, Columbia University


Author Information

Victoria Fortuna is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at Reed College in Portland, OR. Her research interests include Latin/x American concert and social dance, dance as a mode of political and community organization, and cultural histories of dance in transnational perspective.

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