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Labor and Aesthetics in European Contemporary Dance

Dancing Precarity

Authors: Van Assche, Annelies

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  • Scientifically reports the way the contemporary dance sector in Europe operates
    Exposes the contradicting mechanisms related to the project-oriented labour and art market
    Engages with precarity as a social issue in the context of contemporary dance artists

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This transdisciplinary study scientifically reports the way the established contemporary dance sector in Europe operates from a micro-perspective. It provides a dance scholarly and sociological interpretation of its mechanisms by coupling qualitative data (interview material, observations, logbooks, and dance performances) to theoretical insights. The book uncovers the sometimes contradicting mechanisms related to the precarious project-oriented labor and art market that determine the working and living conditions of contemporary dance artists in Europe’s dance capitals Brussels and Berlin. In addition, it examines how these working and living conditions affect the work process and outcome. 

From a sociological perspective, the book engages with the relevant contemporary social issue of precarity and this within the much-at-risk professional group of contemporary dance artists. In this regard, the research brings novelty within the subject area, particularly by employing a unique methodological approach. Although the research is initially set up in a specific geographical context and within a specific research population, the book offers insights into issues that affect our neoliberal society at large. The research findings show potential to make a relevant contribution with regards to precarity within dance studies and performance studies, but also labor studies and cultural sociology.

About the authors

Annelies Van Assche is a Postdoctoral Assistant at the Department of Art History, Musicology, and Theater Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. She obtained a joint doctoral degree in Art Studies and Social Sciences in 2018 at Ghent University and KU Leuven, Belgium, for studying contemporary dance artists in Brussels and Berlin.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labor and Aesthetics in European Contemporary Dance
Book Subtitle
Dancing Precarity
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-40693-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-40693-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-40692-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 293
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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