Butting Out: Reading Resistive Choreographies Through Works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Chandralekha

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Wesleyan University Press, Dec 28, 2004 - Performing Arts - 377 pages
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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Chandralekha are major choreographers of the 20th century whose work will leave the dance field with a legacy as important and strong as that of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. Zollar is Artistic Director of the world-renowned company, The Urban Bush Women (based in New York City), and Chandralekha is an Indian choreographer (based in Madras) who has performed internationally and is known for her radical mixing of postmodern and traditional dance forms. In this nuanced and in-depth study, dance scholar Ananya Chatterjea shows how each of these choreographers has positioned herself through performance in terms of gender, race, and nationality. Reading each dancer's major works in order to assess their unique contributions to the development of global culture, Butting Out does important theoretical work to identify common threads in the history of cultural production and the aesthetic philosophies of the artists. Chatterjea draws on theory from an array of complementary fields, including women's studies, African-American studies, and postcolonial studies. The book is beautifully enhanced by 42 black and white photographs.
 

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Contents

By Way of Introductions
35
The Body Mobile Mobilized Mobilizing
73
Postmodern Preoccupations
98
Historicity As Legal Alien
137
Pieces and Thoughts
180
In Thinking Through This Journey
326
Bibliography
351
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ANANYA CHATTERJEA is Assistant Professor of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. She is also Artistic Director of the dance company Women in Motion.

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