Instruments of Embodiment: Costuming in Contemporary Dance (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) (Hardcover)

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Instruments of Embodiment draws on fashion theory and the philosophy of embodiment to investigate costuming in contemporary dance.

It weaves together philosophical theory and artistic practice by closely analyzing acclaimed works by contemporary choreographers, considering interviews with costume designers, and engaging in practice-as-research. Topics discussed include the historical evolution of contemporary dance costuming, Merce Cunningham's innovative collaborations with Robert Rauschenberg, and costumes used in Ohad Naharin's Virus (2001) and in a ground-breaking Butoh solo by Tatsumi Hijikata. The relationship between dance costuming and high fashion, wearable computing, and the role costume plays in dance reconstruction are also discussed and, along the way, an anarchist materialism is articulated which takes an egalitarian view of artistic collaboration and holds that experimental costume designs facilitate new forms of embodied experience and ways of seeing the body.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars working in performance philosophy, philosophy of embodiment, dance and performance studies, and fashion theory.

About the Author


Eric C. Mullis is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Queens University of Charlotte, USA. He has published essays on somaesthetics, dance technology, and dance ethics, as well as the book, Pragmatist Philosophy and Dance: Interdisciplinary Dance Research in the American South (2019).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367644819
ISBN-10: 0367644819
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 16th, 2022
Pages: 180
Language: English
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies