PARAMODERNITIES #1 / The Work of Dance in the Age of Sacred Lives

Premiered: 2013

Scholar: David Kishik (Emerson College)

Solo dance performance by Netta Yerushalmy with scholar reading live 

Running time: approximately 28 minutes

Essay: The Work of Dance in the Age of Scared Lives

Costumes: Magdalena Jarkowiec


The Work of Dance in the Age of Sacred Lives explores the link between classical ballet and modern politics. Weaving together René Descartes and Rudolf Von Laban, Thomas Hobbes and Vaslav Nijinsky, this text constructs an alternative history of dance informed by the work of the contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Starting with Court Ballet and Renaissance discourse on dance, the essay concludes by positioning The Rite of Spring as a turning point in our understanding of art and power.


This piece was produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer as part of Tanz über Gräben 100 Years of Le Sacre du Printemps

Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation