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date: 26 November 2020

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This chapter discusses the political interpretation of dance from the perspective of the critical and theoretical category of articulation in the political theory of Lefort, Althusser, Laclau, and Mouffe. It proposes the tropes of sovereignty, the individual, and the impersonal to work through the significance of articulation to a theory of the political in dance. As such it is an extension of Franko’s earlier arguments on the co-embededness of the politics and aesthetics of dance toward a theory of the conjunctural. This is not to render political content contingent and hence removed from form but it is to affirm temporalities at work in the way form is perceived to carry political content and ultimately to articulate that content effectively and persuasively. The apparent segregation of dance the political is paradoxically the condition upon which this articulation is reliant.

Keywords: articulation, disarticulation, conjuncture, sovereignty, the bourgeois individual, the impersonal, politics, the political, Claude Lefort, Louis Althusser, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Randy Martin

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