A movement forward and backward: (from history to/through the body) the body’s will to archive: the body’s capacity to activate a still un-exhausted creative fields of possibility in a past work, historical event, or ritualized performance, (what else would fall under this category?). this creative act tapping into a very concrete and very real virtuality… Read More

A critique of flow–the belief that dancers’ task is to deliver an unmediated fluidity of movement, coming from the “master’s” imaginary, passing through the body of the dancer, kinesthetically, out into the world. An idea of flow that goes back to Friedrich Schiller’s 1793 project of an aesthetic state. Schiller’s vision includes an analogical parallel… Read More

This collection of essays centers around the question of “how a body ‘knows’,” from many perspectives coming from many disciplines, fusing traditional with experimentally interdisciplinary forms of scholarship. They chose dance as the locus of inquiry, explaining that it is to those for whom dance is central to questions of cultural discourse—”dancers, choreographers, pedagogues, critics,… Read More

A colonial regime of truth works by establishing a system of equivalences (meaning = text; history = document) and antagonisms (self not = other; body not = mind), erasing and deeming invaluable those forms of knowledge and meaning making processes coming from embodied practices and performance. In this text, Taylor takes us through the spaces… Read More

How does the body do the work of the archive? How does it transmit knowledge? Can it? Can it express an ontoepistemological order or sociopolitical reality? Firstly, I want to engage with texts that center the body as a repository of a given ontoepistemology, cultural memory, or as a mnemonic device, in the Performance Studies… Read More