Book Chapter

The Strangeness of Dancing: From The Changing Room and Singularity

Carol Brown

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies | Routledge | Published : 2020


Concerns about the passivity of humans in the context of increasingly ‘lively’ machines and the diminishing of vitality and agency through the subjection of the human by the nonhuman, be that through industrial machinery, robotics, or AI (artificial intelligence), has been a choreographic theme since the ‘machine dances’ of twentieth-century modernism. In the twenty-first century, the potential to incorporate technologies through interactive staging enables coordinates to be encoded and embodied, generating immersive contexts for experiencing dance. Moving from the mechanical to the computational, flesh becomes data, and the risks of subjection and passivity of the actual body as host or pu..

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