Ramsay Burt: Ageing Body in Dance


Professori Ramsay Burtin avoin luento aiheesta Ageing Body in Dance järjestetään Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulussa (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Auditorio 1) 22.9. klo 17.30-19.30 Luento on englanninkielinen.

Former members of Judson Dance Theatre such as Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and Deborah Hay went on dancing when they were in their sixties, as have members of Tanztheater Wuppertal like Dominique Mercy and Nazareth Panadero. The radical changes in aesthetic ideas that these artists brought about have enabled them to go on dancing, but what do their performances signify in a materialistic age whose attitudes towards ageing are summed up in the quote ‘he who dies with the most toys wins’?

Ramsay Burt is Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University, UK. His publications include The Male Dancer: Bodies, Spectacle, Sexualities (1995, revised 2007), Alien Bodies: Representations of Modernity, ‘Race’ and Nation in Early Modern Dance (1997), Judson Dance Theater: Performative Traces (2006), with Valerie Briginshaw, Writing Dancing Together (2009), and Ungoverning Dance (forthcoming). In 1999 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. Since 2008 he has been a regular visiting teacher at PARTS in Brussels. In 2010 he was Professeur Invité at l’Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis. In 2013-2014, with Professor Christy Adair, he undertook a two year funded research project into British Dance and the African Diaspora which culminated in an exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.