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Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement Paperback – January 22, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0415362542 ISBN-10: 0415362547 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415362547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415362542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

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Lepecki's first Introduction: The Political Ontology of Movement and the following two chapters start this book on a strong note. As I was reading them I felt encouraged that Dance Studies was truly starting to come into its own as a serious discipline. Unfortunately he didn't end this short book (132 pages) sooner.

His exegesis on Trisha Brown's "It's a Draw/Live Feed" and La Ribot's "Panoramix" are truly painful - showing the worst excesses of academic b.s. writing - full of multiple citations of the entire canon of postmodern theorists (the fact that there is a postmodern canon is a paradox that one doesn't need to Derrida to deconstruct), he even goes out of his way to cite Foucault when citing a different author by claiming the author he is citing has a similar project as Foucault. And...of course you can't have academic artspeak without the requisite invocations of Freud and Lacan - the vertical dimension is, of course, phallic and the horizontal is "virgin territory". (I find it interesting that the photos of artists that challenge phallic representation are full-frontal nudes....)

It is clear that Lepecki is well read and can cite famous philosophers with the best of them but I get more than a little wary of a constant stream of excerpted, decontexturalized statements from varied philosophers parsed to make an rather strained point.

Lepecki's exploration of modernism, movement and the definition of dance are quite interesting. However, I found it rather revealing that he was most successful in his exploration of choreographic works by performance artists. Perhaps "Dance Studies" isn't fully grown yet as an independent discipline when it is fully subsumed under the larger discipline of Performance Studies and, at least in this book, looks to artists who don't identify themselves as being within dance for its most cogent analysis.
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