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date: 13 November 2019

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Catalyzed by Boris Charmatz’s restaging of his 2012–2013 choreography 20 Dancers for the XX Century in June 2014 at the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, this chapter investigates the complex relationship between modernism and socialist realism in choreography. Concepts like socialism, capitalism, and modernity are not static entities. As discursive models, they rely on other historically determined discourses that accompany them. Modernity and its related concept of modernism require a counterpart against which to be defined. For decades, socialism and socialist realist artistic productions that emphasized political engagement with the social served as antagonists to capitalist modernity and modernism’s autonomous formalism. This text highlights the enduring politics of influential artistic periodizations and their choreographic restagings.

Keywords: modernism, socialist realism, choreography, Boris Charmatz, Germany, Soviet War Memoriall

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