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Dance politics and identity


Louis Perry

on 21 January 2013

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Transcript of Dance politics and identity

Motherland Louis Perry. 6172663

s s Vincent dance theater e Male Female Mother to child - copying and developing gestures- taking simple gestures and actions which connect to the adult body and lust, which are taken and copied having a different implication to a younger body.
The use elements of gestures which help to highlight elements of the natural female body, looking at the body shape and gender highlights - highlighting assets to become more desirable, connect to the way we are perceived and desired/wanted.

Use of costume/lack of costume throughout helps to make the difference between age and gender, highlighting points of the body which make someone feel sexy Development/growth of characters - audience slowly sees a development of the characters becoming/representing the homosexual man - this is highlighted by the use of gestures and actions which change within his movement, slowly becoming less masculine. Finally developing into an interpretation of female gestures, representing a desirable/sexy body. This is made clear by the costume (gender cross over). Wearing a dress and heals, helping the shape his body as a female form.

The male body- masculinity. Being used within the fighting sequence, although all character are fighting as an audience member I was drawn to them as there movement was more sustained and represented a power struggle, showing a competitive focus which could show masculinity or their fight for power/woman. This is then challenged later as we see the homosexual man perform this sequence, with the result of his dominance winning, giving him the power in this situation. Gender roles, connection to readings/weekly focus Costumes are used to help identity the gender role, used to help identify sexuality among the cast. We are also able to see a difference in age costumes and the reaction which age and gender in society plays on this.
Cross over between gender roles, this then allows to see how a male perception of the female body and the actions and gestures performed, connecting back to stereotype gestures and actions of being sexy. Mother Menstrual cycle Dress shoes Natural body beauty natural beauty female Male masculine gender confusion female homosexual sexy self expression mother hood pregnancy childhood appearance femininity power suits family feel beautiful perception of woman slut whore dyke bitch slag yummy mummies the body? How does Motherland articulate gender politics of Examples when used within the performance of mother land. seen within motherland Below are examples which can be used when connection gender roles from the performance, keeping the connection to stereotypes and the idea of being sexy. Connection to young girl, wants to feel sexy/wanted (copy and develop authority figure - to become more flirtatious). Taking and re-creating movement shapes with body, also frequently asking the question if she looks good (referencing her costume) linking to the perceived idea of how we must look good/desirable - Highlighted by social media, using the angle she captures pictures of herself, helping to highlight body (sexiness). Butler, J. (1990) 'Performing Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory' In: Case, S.E (ed) Performing Feminism. London: The Hopkins University Press, pp. 270-282. - Focusing this reading on the connection to gender, with the connection to Mauss on how different social and historical influences have given the audience a perceived view on the gestures which represent the gender. Also connect to a crossover of genders.
Foucault, m. (1979) The History of Sexuality; Vol.1, An Introduction. Harmondsworth:penguin 1990 - I will be using this book to help show the connection to sexuality and also making the connection to age attributes. Focusing on how these aspects of life are socially constructed. With age how these develop and change with new media and an age where appearance is key to a personality.
Mauss, M. (1934) 'Techniques of the Body' In: Crary, J. and Kwinter, S. (eds) Zone 6: Incorporations. New York: Urzone, Inc./The MIT Press, 1992, pp. 454-477 - Focusing this reading on the concepts of pre-received techniques of the body, helping to highlight how social and historical influenced on different gender actions and attributes have helped to shape the way that we interpret gestures, giving the audience connections between gender and ages.
Schwaiger,E. (2012) Ageing, Gender, Embodiment and Dance: Find a balance. Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillion - From this I will be looking at the connection to how the body is seen (the flesh) and what is felt inside, connecting this to sexuality within motherland, also looking at the concept of self-identity gathered through bodily gestures helping to show gender and social situations. Also connecting this to other readings on social and historical gestures. Focus on gestures and actions which are developed to show personality and character expression/self-expression. Mainly focusing on the female gestures of wanting to be desired (being sexy) however showing how this is being challenged through gender and age roles. Connection to Foucault and the principle of sexuality being socially constructed, connecting this principle to the idea personal view/appearance and attitude which are determined/hindered by society. Within this essay I will be focusing on the audience’s interpretation of gender roles within the performance, focusing on the stereotypes which are portrayed and also concept of being sexy, within gestural actions. Here are some words which I found connected to the concept of gender roles/stereotypes, and to Motherland. Foster, S.L. (2001) 'Closets Full of Dances: Modern Dance’s Performance of Masculinity and Sexuality' In: Desmond, J.C (ed) Dancing Desires: Choreographing Sexuality on and off the Stage. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 147-208
Foster, S.L.(1997) 'Dancing Bodies' In: Desmond, J.C. (ed.) Meaning in Motion. London:Duke University Press. pp. 235-257 Possible readings connected to topics Gestures and actions which connect to the physical gender and age of the characters, highlighting specific elements of that gender, for woman the concept of being sexy and men masculinity
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