gustavo fijalkow – national dance platforms

My research looks at dance festivals framed as national dance platforms (NDP). It questions the mechanisms that constitute works and their performers as national. Conversely, it seeks to find out who is deemed foreign to this construction. Physicality, gender, class, and ethnicity play an important a role in this context. With the method of synectis, I create Danceland, the nation of all dancers. Danceland materialises each and every time a dance event takes place. The contrast between Danceland and its diverse materialisations in concrete NDPs facilitates the identification of thresholds and gatekeepers. Hence, this enables to lay bare underpinning power mechanisms, that shape the NDPs. The thesis focuses on the NDPs of Germany, Israel, Great Britain and Sri Lanka.

– Gustavo Fijalkow

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