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date: 06 July 2022

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In 1975, German choreographer Kurt Jooss created his last dance, Dixit Dominus, for Swedish-based Indian dancer Lilavati Häger. After Rani Nair reconstructed what is often seen as “minor” work, she then created Future Memory (2012/2014) to engage more directly with her inheritance, from caring for the personal things and stories that surrounded the piece to reworking its promise of dancing between European and Indian forms. Working outward from Elswit’s position as dramaturge and historian for this project, and accompanied by Nair’s letters to Häger, this chapter addresses the potential and precariousness of contemporary dance’s experiments with redoing history at the intersection of multiple contested legacies.

Keywords: Kurt Jooss, Lilavati Häger, Rani Nair, choreography, Future Memory, dramaturgy, inheritance, German dance, Indian dance, archive

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