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date: 26 November 2020

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Dance and politics move and move one another in complex and myriad ways. What aspects or efficacy of a dance can be considered political, and what possibilities and understandings of politics are disclosed through dance are not fixed in advance. At the same time, dance is not one; it is dispersed geographically, distributed aesthetically, and it is diverse genealogically, such that gathering movement practices under the banner of dance bears a politics of its own. Opening up its critical terms in two directions, the Introduction illuminates how dance achieves its politics and how notions of the political are themselves expanded when viewed from the perspective of dance. The editors also pay tribute to the research of their colleague, mentor, friend, and co-editor Randy Martin, whose scholarship has inspired and informed the collective inquiry of dance and politics.

Keywords: dance, politics, the political, aesthetics, diverse, Randy Martin a

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