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This essay is on the role and function of the dance performer, the person who is dancing in a kind of dance-as-art event that is designed for and performed for an audience that perceives, witnesses, experiences, and appreciates the dance in various ways. As such this chapter focuses on a component of dance practice that diverges from critical-philosophical practice in two ways: 1) it is from the point of view of an embodied person engaged in a dynamic process, and 2) the dance as art on which this perspective focuses is itself treated as a process or event that need is neither static nor necessarily enduring – it could be ephemeral in the sense that it may not have identical features from performance to performance. My particular focus within this framework will be to consider to what extent is the dance performer an interpreter, and if she is an interpreter, in what sense, and what does she interpret? This paper thus seeks to better understand the nature of dance performance in practice by analyzing the role of the dance performer’s contribution in light of any interpretive function she might have.
The Bloomsbury Handbook of Dance and Philosophy
Bresnahan, Aili W., "Interpretation in Dance Performing" (2021). Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty. 90.