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date: 28 February 2020

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Artists from the late 20th century until today have re-called our attention to the body and the affective power of performance. But the contemporary aesthetic “dance theater” is just one manifestation of the intersections between dance and theater and, as a term, is inadequate at defining all of the ways in which dance and theater meet. Attending to performances (on and off stage, professional, personal, social, or cultural) that are at the nexus of theater and dance allows us to dismantle the Cartesian emphasis on “cogito” experience, advancing embodied knowledge that is not easily explained in a paradigm of disembodied reason. By focusing on corporeality as an idea that unites the work of dance and theater artists and scholars, it becomes clear that new insight is gained into theories of embodiment and theatricality. This contribution touches on the many genres, theories, and aesthetics at the heart of this artistry.

Keywords: dance, theater, dance-theater, contemporary dance, physical theater, immersive theater, corporeality, embodiment, theatricality, phenomenology

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