Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 January 2021

Abstract and Keywords

The temporal conjunctions of the deaths of Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham provide an opportunity to think carefully about the afterlife of choreography. While Cunningham died with a formal legacy plan in place and Bausch did not, issues of obligation to art and to living dancers also have bearing on dance legacy. The chapter considers transformations in the proliferation and ease of documentary records, the pressure to make room for the new, gender and sexuality, and postwar consciousness as important factors in the legacy issues of Bausch and Cunningham. Moving between specific details about each choreographer’s death and more abstract structures of death, the surprise of death’s uneven temporal arrival in the living significantly informs the afterlife of Cunningham and Bausch.

Keywords: Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, choreography, legacy, gender

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.