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date: 21 November 2019

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Investigating two mutually exclusive approaches to the theorization of dance, which are labeled for the purposes of illustration German philosophical conceptualization and US identity politics, this chapter examines the differences between these two theorizing models in terms of their politics. Caused by incompatible methodologies, international communication within the field of dance studies often takes place only at the level of information—excluding critical engagement with the opposing position. Such inability to critically engage reinforces local academic norms in national models of dance studies. Using the example of Trajel Harrell’s unique reenactment of historical choreographic material and the physicalization of dance theoretical positions in his choreography Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at The Judson Church (L), the author proposes a productive model of in-between-ness that not only engages with the opposed approaches to dance studies, but also provides a critical reenactment of them.

Keywords: dance studies, Trajal Harrell, disciplinary discourses, choreographic agency, epistemology

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