Everyday Life and Urban Marvels

The curious aesthetics of x-times people chair

Authored by: Alexandra Kolb

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138234581
eBook ISBN: 9781315306551
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315306551-30

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Abstract

A woman walks across stage in high-heeled shoes, smoking a cigarette. Dancers pirouette in the aisles in moving buses, using the handrails to push themselves off. Contemporary performance is replete with references to the everyday, and the avenues of its exploration are manifold—from amateur performers and pedestrian movements to the use of ordinary public spaces and everyday objects, to name but a few. Underlying this trend is a desire to foreground, in the aesthetic realm, that which is typically below the threshold of our notice: the unexceptional and the mundane. But while the everyday has become a major staple of contemporary choreographic work, research on the topic is disproportionately sparse and almost entirely focused on the period of American 1960s and 1970s postmodernism, when it was first embraced with some vigor.

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