Is choreographic authorship dead? with Anna Pakes (2017)

Dance philosophy expert Anna Pakes speaks about the notion of authorship, delving into what the criteria for authoring a work might be. She traces the development of choreographic authorship from the techniques and dances created through the individual bodies and aesthetics of 20th century American modern dance choreographers such as Martha Graham and José Limón, towards post-modern challenges to authorial control, and the development of dance that is not tied stylistically to any one individual, citing post-modern makers such as Yvonne Rainer, Jerome Bel and Xavier Le Roy as well as Boris Charmatz. Further referencing Barthes and Foucault, she interrogates authorship as a co-creative activity between audience and maker, as well as the idea of the author as a ‘crystallising point’ for ideas in contrast to the originator of them.

This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2017 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.

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