Dancing through Spacetime, Historical Trauma, and Diaspora in the 21st Century
Contemporary PerforMemory looks at dance works created in the 21st century by choreographers identifying as Afro-European, Jewish, Black, Palestinian, and Taiwanese-Chinese-American. It explores how contemporary dance-makers engage with historical traumas such as the Shoah and the Maafa to reimagine how the past is remembered and how the future is anticipated. The new idea of perforMemory arises within a lively blend of interdisciplinary theory, interviews, performance analysis, and personal storytelling. Scholar and artist Layla Zami traces unexpected pathways, inviting the reader to move gracefully across disciplines, geographies, and histories.
Featuring insightful interviews with seven international artists: Oxana Chi, Zufit Simon, André M. Zachery, Chantal Loïal, Wan-Chao Chang, Farah Saleh, and Christiane Emmanuel.
»Carefully thought out and clearly written and presented, Contemporary PerforMemory makes a significant contribution to several fields: memory studies, dance studies, postcolonial studies, diaspora studies, affect studies, as well as scholarly reflections on the archive, on embodiment, the emotions and movement, all from an informed, critical feminist perspective. Zami makes surprising connections that reveal important resonances between shared histories of remembrance.«
(Prof. Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University)
»Zami is committed to a rigorous methodology in order to think through and theorize contemporary dance in diaspora. Her book is intercultural and cross-cultural and demonstrates an understanding of race and gender from the perspective of someone who can think globally. This, combined with a discerning critical eye for reading unique contemporary performance, has yielded a remarkable body of research.«
(Prof. Nadine George-Graves, Chair of Dance, Ohio State University)
»Layla Zami's concept of ›perforMemory‹ applied to dance creates a fascinating intricate network between historical trauma, diaspora, resistance and empowerment, moving from embodying the past to representing the present with a vision of the future ‒ expressed so well in Oxana Chi's choreographic work. I love the book's poetic language, and I dove into its linguistic paintings, most new to me and challenging in an intriguing way. I will enjoy reading more.«
(Dr. Dagmar Schultz, Prof. emerita, Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences / John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)
FrontmatterSeiten 1 - 4
ContentsSeiten 5 - 6
PREFACESeiten 7 - 10
TUNING IN: OF STORY-HUNTERS AND DANCING LIONSSeiten 11 - 52
1 MEMORY DANCESCAPESSeiten 53 - 100
2 DIASPORIC MOVESSeiten 101 - 142
3 DANCING THE PAST IN THE PRESENT TENSESeiten 143 - 194
4 DANCE DIALOGUES: IN CONVERSATION WITHSeiten 195 - 264
TU(R)NING OUT: TRANSFORMING THE BODY INTO A SPACETIME OF RESIST(D)ANCESeiten 265 - 272
BibliographySeiten 273 - 292
21 December 2020, 292 pages
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