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date: 26 November 2020

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The Introduction to this handbook covers the broad themes and positions of the chapters without engaging specifically with the argument of any one chapter. It begins with a discussion of an early example of reenactment in dance, that of Susanne Linke’s work on Dore Hoyer’s Affectos Humanos in 1988. It analyzes the significance of Hoyer’s identity in German modern dance of the mid-twentieth century to the emergence of reenactment per se. The author theorizes reenactment as a practice of “asymmetrical historical temporalities” and develops the distinction between historicity and temporality. There is a difference between the way reenactment is handled in discourse on art and performance and in dance. Drawing upon the work of François Hartog and Paul Ricoeur, the Introduction concludes with a discussion of regimes of historicity and Ricoeurs’s concept of document as trace, and debates the idea that reenactment in dance is a form of historical knowledge.

Keywords: reenactment, reconstruction, Susanne Linke, Dore Hoyer, post-ephemerality, historicity, François Hartog, Paul Ricoeur

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