Journal article

Costumes and Choreography from Bodenwieser's Trunk: The Coat as Affective Memory

Rachel Fensham

Dance Research | EDINBURGH UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019


The Viennese modern choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser's black coat leads to an analysis of her choreography in four main phases - the early European career; the rise of Nazism; war's brutality; and postwar attempts at reconciliation. Utilising archival and embodied research, the article focuses on a selection of Bodenwieser costumes that survived her journey from Vienna, or were remade in Australia, and their role in the dramaturgy of works such as Swinging Bells (1926), The Masks of Lucifer (1936, 1944), Cain and Abel (1940) and The One and the Many (1946). In addition to dance history, costume studies provides a distinctive way to engage with the question of what remains of performance, an..

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