Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions

Politics of Bodily Scenarios

Edited by Sabine Huschka and Barbara Gronau

Transcript-Verlag

Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions

Pub Date: October 2019

ISBN: 9783837647037

220 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions

Politics of Bodily Scenarios

Edited by Sabine Huschka and Barbara Gronau

Transcript-Verlag

This volume collects academic as well as artistic explorations highlighting historical and contemporary approaches to the energetic in its aesthetic and political potential. Energetic processes straddle dance, performance art, and installations. They transform the body, evoke specific states, and push towards intensities. In contemporary dance and performance art, energetic processes are no longer mere conditions of form but appear as distinct aesthetic interventions. The contributions in this volume submit these to thorough investigation, elucidating maneuvers of mobilization, activation, initiation, regulation, navigation, and containment of forces as well as different potentials and associated with the energetic.

About the Author

Sabine Huschka is head of the research project Transgressionen funded by the German Research Fund (DFG) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) and Berlin University of the Arts. She submitted her habilitation on Wissenskultur Tanz: Der choreographierte Körper im Theater in 2011 at the University of Leipzig and received her Ph.D. at Humboldt University, Berlin for her dissertation Merce Cunningham und der Moderne Tanz (summa cum laude). Her research focusses on cultural-theoretical approaches to stage dance, dance and knowledge, historiography of stage dance, re-enactment, as well as aesthetic theories of modern, postmodern and contemporary dance with special emphasis on aisthesiological and performance-analytical approaches.

Barbara Gronau is professor of theatre studies at the Berlin University of Arts and Spokesperson of the Research Training Group Knowledge in the Arts, funded by the German Research Fund (DFG). She received her Ph.D. for her dissertation Theaterinstallationen. Performative Räume bei Beuys, Boltanski und Kabakov (2010), for which she obtained the Joseph Beuys Award for Research. Since her interest is also in theatre practice, she worked as a dramaturg and curator for several theatre productions and festivals.