[dance-tech] Re: Brunel Performance Research Seminar: October 29, 2014

  • From: Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:11:33 +0000

dear all --
you are cordially invited to our autumn/winter series   "Theoretical Scenes: 
Performance,  Theory, and Politics":


The Center for Contemporary & Digital Performance at Brunel University

PERFORMANCE RESEARCH SEMINAR
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Gaskell Bldg 048-Drama Studio, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Cleveland Rd, UB8 
3PH
16:oo- 17:30

Melissa Blanco-Borelli
(Royal Holloway)

‘Choreographing the Spasm: Men Dancing in Music Videos’

Dancing in music videos is nothing new. What happens when a white male body 
dances? Why is it often viewed with such novelty (e.g., Thom Yorke dancing in 
Radiohead's Lotus Flower has more than 20m views on YouTube)? What parts of the 
body are allowed to move and which ones should stay still? How does this 
comment on notions of hegemonic masculinity and the culture of neoliberal 
capitalism? How do the various dance performances enact new ways of thinking 
about 21st century white male first world masculinity? This paper uses Franco 
"Bifo" Berardi's concept of the spasm to trace a genealogy of white men dancing 
in music video to argue how they physically manifest the rise, fall and 
instability of neoliberal capitalism.


Melissa Blanco Borelli is a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the Drama and Theatre 
Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the editor of The 
Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, and author of the forthcoming 
monograph She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body (Oxford University 
Press). Other publications include chapters in Black Performance Theory (Duke 
2014), Žižek and Performance (Palgrave 2014) and journal articles in Women in 
Performance, International Journal of Screendance and International Journal of 
Performing Arts and Digital Media.



All welcome

Performance   Research Seminar Coordinator: Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx
All Research Seminars are co-produced with dance-tech live TV and streamed 
online as well as archived.:  DAPLab.TV:  http://dance-tech.tv/videos/daplabtv/
check our whole series at:  http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/boiler15.html


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