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date: 26 November 2020

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The chapter focuses on the relation between dance and politics in Eastern European contemporary dance, especially after 1990. Transition, which was the key political and economic term after the fall of the Berlin Wall, also deeply influences the (self-)understanding of Eastern European dance as a delayed practice. The chapter stresses that a decisive difference between these different geopolitical contexts is not an aesthetic one, but is the difference in the ways that performance works are contextualized, institutionalized, and professionalized. Several contemporary dance artists from Eastern Europe have politicized their practices through disclosing the complexity of the position of being in-between. In this sense they do not only critically address the hegemonic aspect of Western contemporary dance (as having a privilege of present), but also critically reaffirm their own history and practice.

Keywords: Eastern Europe, contemporary dance, transition, politics, institutionalization

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