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date: 14 October 2019

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This chapter explores the idea of embodied presence in the work of Pina Bausch, charting the implications across dance and theater for a more central bodily presence in staged work. The chapter begins with a careful unpacking of a particular moment in a work of Pina Bausch, digs down to theoretical underpinnings of the idea of presence and embodiment, and continually returns back to the moment as performed in its analysis of new directions for inter- and cross-disciplinary work. Central topics include the revelation of bodily experience; bodily presence; the dancer’s body as object or commodity; the incorporation of gender; the dancer’s body as the making of self and connection to the world; body, self, and other; the dancer’s body in the world as a performative construct; and a theater of bodily presence.

Keywords: Bausch, body, dance, gender, performance, presence, tanztheater, theater

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