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date: 26 November 2020

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Dance archives, like other archives, store documents of past events. They are particular in that the documents they store document dances or choreographies, which are also stored in the memories of the dance artists involved. This chapter examines the relations between documents of dances and bodily movement memories by tracing the processes of two dance pieces that dealt with these issues in very different ways. The first is the author’s reconstruction of Dore Hoyer’s dance cycle Affectos Humanos, for which a dance archive provided film and other documents of this cycle. The second piece is a duet the author made with his father, in which he experienced the reality of movement patterns and habitual postures that get stored in one body and passed on to the next through imitation. The dance archive is a particularly productive place to explore und understand the relations between document, body, and movement.

Keywords: archive, dance archive, movement, memory, body, dance, Dore Hoyer, Affectos Humanos

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