Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion by Naomi Jackson, Toni Shapiro-Phim

By Naomi Jackson, Toni Shapiro-Phim

Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in movement provides a wide-ranging compilation of essays, spanning greater than 15 nations. equipped in 4 elements, the articles research the legislation and exploitation of dancers and dance task by way of govt and authoritative teams, together with abusive therapy of dancers in the dance occupation; choreography related to human rights as a significant subject matter; the engagement of dance as a method of therapeutic sufferers of human rights abuses; and nationwide and native social/political pursuits during which dance performs a robust function in assisting humans struggle oppression. those groundbreaking papers? either specific scholarship and riveting own bills? surround a wide spectrum of concerns, from slavery and the Holocaust to the Bosnian and Rwandan genocides to the Israeli-Palestinian clash; from First modification instances and the A.I.D.S. epidemic to discrimination due to age, gender, race, and incapacity. a variety of teachers, choreographers, dancers, and dance/movement therapists draw connections among refugee camp, court docket, theater, practice session studio, and collage lecture room.

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Html. 15. t=esc. Despite such statements, organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International still primarily focus on political, civil, and economic rights (although Amnesty’s initiatives include Artists for Amnesty and Art for Amnesty, which provide ways for artists to participate in consciousness-raising efforts). Research in how the arts intersect with the work of these organizations might assist them in more clearly defining and incorporating cultural rights as an additional focus.

German modern dance’s origins were embedded in the antirational traditions that ran from the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer through Richard Wagner to Friedrich Nietzsche. Laban and Wigman erected their reactionary modernism18 on anti-enlightened foundations. Their reference to, and rejection of, history, in particular dance history, is one of the important features that characterized their attitude. One corresponding aspect, the cause as well as result of such a weltanschauung, was the belief in corporate structures, closed group entities, a totality in which the complete life of a dancer was dominated by submission to the principles outlined by their leaders.

Dancers become subjects of the will of the choreographer; they are subjected to the will as a force other than their own. According to the human rights convention that is unacceptable. Modern dance in Germany solved the unavoidable contradiction between the integrity of the individual and the demands of the choreographer by evading the question and redefining the problematic relationship. As a result of banning enlightened principles from the concept of modern dance, consent between dancer and choreographer could be achieved through co-opting into the group and by brainwashing.

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