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date: 18 January 2021

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This chapter considers a commission from the French Ministry of Defense for a choreography performed for heads of state in 2014; on the seventieth anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy. French and US presidents referred to the “freedom” won in the historic battles, staged by the dance piece referred to as the “key” to the day’s events. Considering alternate meanings of the word “free,” this chapter urges consideration of the economic model subtending discussions of dance as a practice of “freedom.” Are dancers supported by state funding in France “less free”? Are dancers “on the market” freer? The political uses of dance in the French Republic, which the author explored in her book French Moves, as well as their economic motivations, are analyzed in this chapter in the context of the D-Day commemoration.

Keywords: France, dance, choreography, hip hop dance, D-Day, Allied landing, Normandy

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