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date: 15 November 2019

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This chapter begins with the premise that embodied practices and works move across different contexts, and proposes that such migrations provide crucial insight into registers of power. While dance and embodied practices generally invite in audiences and/or participants, these journeys almost always are about access, which resonates differently in different contexts. It analyzes choreographic strategies and the “micropolitics of technique” in specific works by Rennie Harris, Nora Chipaumire, Rosy Simas, and Rulan Tangen in order to explore the different ways in which choreographers reimagine classical “masterpieces” and meta-narratives of “otherness,” thus upsetting traditional relations of power. It also tracks the contrasting journeys in the broad spread of the movement forms of ballet and yoga, where difference comes to be snuffed out through acts of “translation,” consolidating existing hierarchies.

Keywords: difference, rewriting, power, micropolitics of technique, access, translation, choreography

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