Epiphanic Moments: Dancing Politics

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Abstract

In the form of a lyric essay, this chapter offers perspectives of artists across the field coping with the messages delivered, received, and absorbed in the dance world. From the atmosphere in the studio that primes the young dancer with particular ideas around his or her training, to the complicated and sometimes confusing conditions and processes of creating dances, this work discusses artists’ challenges with garnering support, with the steps toward and negotiations around being presented, as well as relationships with peers, the receipt and offering (or lack thereof) of criticism in both informal and formal arenas, and ultimately survival in their complicated, beloved field of dance. This chapter questions the psychological, material, and political conditions of practitioners in the field, offering its content as a means to consider the layered, complicated nature of choosing dance as a way of life in contemporary North America.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics
EditorsRebekah J. Kowal, Gerald Siegmund, Randy Martin
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter5
Pages99-116
ISBN (Print)9780199928187
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2017

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Keywords

  • dance
  • training
  • criticism
  • Psychology
  • material
  • political

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Oliver, C. (2017). Epiphanic Moments: Dancing Politics. In R. J. Kowal, G. Siegmund, & R. Martin (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics (pp. 99-116). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199928187.013.23

Epiphanic Moments : Dancing Politics. / Oliver, Cynthia.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. ed. / Rebekah J. Kowal; Gerald Siegmund; Randy Martin. Oxford University Press, 2017. p. 99-116.

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Oliver, C 2017, Epiphanic Moments: Dancing Politics. in RJ Kowal, G Siegmund & R Martin (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. Oxford University Press, pp. 99-116. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199928187.013.23
Oliver C. Epiphanic Moments: Dancing Politics. In Kowal RJ, Siegmund G, Martin R, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. Oxford University Press. 2017. p. 99-116 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199928187.013.23
Oliver, Cynthia. / Epiphanic Moments : Dancing Politics. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. editor / Rebekah J. Kowal ; Gerald Siegmund ; Randy Martin. Oxford University Press, 2017. pp. 99-116
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