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By J. Lansdale

11 authors examine fresh dance practices within the theatre, in membership tradition and on movie, addressing dance in interdisciplinary courting with track, portray and play texts. this article makes an attempt to fill a spot with an updated account of fascinating and difficult new paintings, illuminated via fascinating new theoretical frameworks.

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Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press Eco, U. 1979, 1984 The Role of the Reader. Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts. Bloomington: Indiana University Press ——— 1990 The Limits of Interpretation Bloomington: Indiana University Press Fiske, J. 1987 Television Culture. New York: Routledge ——— 1989 Understanding Popular Culture. Boston, MA: Unwin Hyman Foster, S. L. ) 1995 Choreographing History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press ——— 1996 Choreography and Narrative. Ballet’s Staging of Story and Desire.

Some writers reflected on the tension surrounding a work with such a narrative presented in a ballet on the Royal Opera House stage: ‘The Judas Tree is a staggering tribute to male dancing but it’s a lousy indictment of the male sex’ (Mackrell, 1992a). The overwhelming critical response, in 1992 and in 2003, was one of personal distaste for the general theme and artistic judgement on the incomprehensible choreographic treatment of it. Again, MacMahon (1992a) offered a longterm view: ‘thirty-five years after Look Back in Anger MacMillan is still engaged on his mission to shock.

Although there may be significant events in a dance work which provide its ‘bones’, the muscle of what a piece is ‘about’ is contingent on the viewer’s interpretation and, as this example demonstrates, on the choice of language. Even description is not neutral. The Judas figure … (the Foreman) … is besotted with the woman … who actually belongs to his friend. While she virtually has sex with all the other men in the gang, she crudely puts off Mukhamedov’s advances. Maddened, he gets her to himself and possibly rapes her.

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