DANCEHOUSE DIARY ISSUE #8
31 March 2015
WHAT THE BODY CAN DO
DANCE AND ETHICS
According to Felix Guattari, ethics and aesthetics go hand in hand. Why ethics? Because individually, and together, we are responsible for the future. Why aesthetics? Because everything, even tradition, has to be continually reinvented.
To what extent then is the aesthetic domain affected by ethical concerns? If dance is an interactive, relational practice of innovation, then it will by its very nature be subject to ethical forces and concerns. Ethical notions of responsibility need not be posed in terms of dogmatic morality (rules and responsibilities) but may be thought corporeally, in terms of force, fluctuation, power, and affect. In short, the ethical is already implicated within the domain of dance simply because we dance. It is found in the tactile flow of information, from one body to another. It is implicated in the choice to empower one kind of dance, one domain, one body type over another.
In that sense, ethics is always political.
This issue includes contributions from Philipa Rothfield, Antonia Pont, Liz Dean, Fleur Kilpatrick, Alice Heyward, Marageret Meran Trail, Louisa Duckett, Martin Hansen, Alice Cummins, Elizabeth Keen, Kate Barnett, Ben Wood, Gary Levy and Jana Perkovic.
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