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Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions

Politics of Bodily Scenarios

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Barbara Gronau(Hg.), Sabine Huschka(Hg.), Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions (2019), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839447031

Beschreibung / Abstract

This volume collects academic as well as artistic explorations highlighting historical and contemporary approaches to the 'energetic' in its aesthetic and political potential. Energetic processes cross dance, performance art and installations. In contemporary dance and performance art, energetic processes are no longer mere conditions of form but appear as distinct aesthetic interventions. They transform the body, evoke specific states and push towards intensities.
International contributors (i.e. Gerald Siegmund, Susan Leigh Foster, Lucia Ruprecht) unfold thorough investigations, elucidating maneuvers of mobilization, activation, initiation, regulation, navigation and containment of forces as well as different potentials and promises associated with the 'energetic'.


Sabine Huschka is head of the research project Transgressionen funded by the German Research Fund (DFG) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) and Berlin University of the Arts. She submitted her habilitation on Wissenskultur Tanz: Der choreographierte Körper im Theater in 2011 at the University of Leipzig and received her Ph.D. at Humboldt University, Berlin for her dissertation Merce Cunningham und der Moderne Tanz (summa cum laude). Her research focusses on cultural-theoretical approaches to stage dance, dance and knowledge, historiography of stage dance, re-enactment, as well as aesthetic theories of modern, postmodern and contemporary dance with special emphasis on aisthesiological and performance-analytical approaches.
Barbara Gronau is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts and spokesperson of the research training group Knowledge in the Arts, funded by the German Research Fund (DFG). She received her Ph.D. for her dissertation Theaterinstallationen. Performative Räume bei Beuys, Boltanski und Kabakov (2010), for which she obtained the »Joseph Beuys Award for Research«. Since her interest is also in theatre practice, she worked as a dramaturg and curator for several theatre productions and festivals.


  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions
  • Practices, Discourses and Politics of the ›Energetic‹
  • How to Talk About Energy?
  • Dancing the Energy/Energizing the Dancing
  • Aesthetic Scenarios of Energeia
  • »I was seeking and finally discovered the central spring of all movement«
  • The ›Energetic‹ as Aesthetic: Philosophical Approaches
  • Energetic Forces as Aesthetic Forces
  • Cosmology of Forces, Performative Fields
  • Forces in Transgression
  • Gesture, Energy, Critique
  • Training Neoliberal Dancers
  • Energy, Eukinetics, and Effort
  • Artistic Perspectives on Somatic Interventions
  • Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir’s »Full Drop into the Body«
  • Working Processes in Dance
  • Notes on Contributors
  • List of Figures

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