Dancing in place: the radical production of civic spaces

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Title: Dancing in place: the radical production of civic spaces
Author: Somdahl, Katrinka Cleora, 1970-
Abstract: Public spaces can be manipulated by choreographers to create political identifications that last long beyond the ephemeral performance event . How public space is defined and utilized is intimately connected with a society's definition of who is to be included and the kind of political community to be fostered . Through an engagement with feminist and political geographic writings I argue that dance , as an art form that is dominated by women , can create meaningful public spaces where these women express political attitudes , assert claims to the public realm , and actively use it for their own purposes . Using qualitative methods , three choreographers are highlighted to investigate how they each use symbolism , the social narratives concerning each site , and the built environment to communicate with their audiences about gentrification , environmental protection , and restrictive social mores . This work asserts that the social value of art combined with the nonverbal communication powers of the body leads to a heightened awareness of the political voice of the women involved in these urban performances .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3499
Date: 2008-08-28


Dancing in place: the radical production of civic spaces. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3499 .

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