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    The mereotopological space/time of dance

    Portanova, Stamatia (2013) The mereotopological space/time of dance. Space and Culture 16 (2), pp. 194-210. ISSN 1206-3312.

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    This article will test the functioning of topology in the analysis of a particular choreography by Anglo-Indian kathak dancer Akram Khan and French ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem, titled Sacred Monsters, a dance performed between classical traditions and contemporary styles. In particular, we will draw on Alfred N. Whitehead’s “mereotopology,” a topology of “regions” (rather than “points”) where the ontological relation between A and B as perceivable and thinkable “regions” allows us to bypass the infamous dualism of body and mind (or the topological aporia between process and point). The final aim will be to isolate from the choreography of Sacred Monsters some gestures as mereotopological invariants or perceivable movement sections, simultaneously abstracting them from their physical and cultural dimensions and revealing them as “virtual movement-objects” to be differently actualized: rather than an ethnographic analysis of the performed dance in its physico/cultural peculiarities, a mereotopological, abstractly empirical study of its space and time.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): dance, mereotopology, abstraction, gestures, spatiotemporal regions
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 11:48
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:33


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