By A. McGrath

Dance theatre has develop into a domain of transformation within the Irish functionality panorama. This publication conducts a socio-political and cultural interpreting of dance theatre perform in eire from Yeats' dance performs initially of the 20 th century to Celtic-Tiger-era works of superb Beast Dance Theatre and CoisCéim Dance Theatre at first of the twenty first.

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As dance scholar Ann Cooper Albright proposes [i]n a historical moment when the ‘body’ is considered to be a direct purveyor of identity [. 82 Dance can make visible how bodies are ordered and symbolically coded in society, but it can also simultaneously foreground our embodied understandings of the world. In understanding this idea, Introduction 21 it is useful to consider the Körper/Leib distinction. Unlike English, the German language has two different terms for the body: Körper, which refers to the instrumental, structural and objectified body, and Leib, which refers to the living, experiential, subjective body.

Asks scholars to approach the body’s involvement in any activity with an assumption of potential agency to participate in or resist whatever forms of cultural production are underway. It also endows body-centred endeavors with an integrity as practices that establish their own lexicons of meaning, their own syntagmatic and paradigmatic axes of signification, their own capacity to reflect critically on themselves and on related practices. Dancemaking [. 106 Importantly, Foster argues that gesture has no ‘fixed’ meaning and that the movements made by bodies need to be read in the cultural and historical context in which they occur.

Gearóid Ó’hAllmhuiráin also lists, ‘women’s fashions and immodest dress [. 130 Introduction 31 This moulding of an exclusionary ‘Irish’ body by nationalist organisations shows that the body was viewed as a potentially problematic and subversive site that, through practices deemed to be ideologically unsound, might pollute the nationalist purity of an individual’s mind and soul. Discussing the nationalism of writers such as Yeats, Edward Said points out that the articulation of an ‘expression of Irish identity as it attaches to the land, to its Celtic origins, to a growing body of nationalist experiences and leaders [.

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