Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity

The book is a conclusion to Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity, an exhibition held at the Museum of Art in Łódź (ms¹ at 36 Więckowskiego St.) between November 18, 2016 and March 5, 2017, and a conference entitled How Does the Body Think? Corporeal and Movement Based Practices of Modernism organized in partnership with Professor Małgorzata Leyko (from the Department of Theatre and Drama, Institute of Contemporary Culture, Faculty of Philology, University of Łódź) between December 3-4, 2016 (ms² at 19 Ogrodowa St.). The collection opens with a visual essay documenting the exhibition (whose scenography was created by Karolina Fandrejewska) and performances that were an essential part of the project, as well as an essay written as an overview to the artistic (or, more broadly the cultural), social and political themes which were the focus of the exhibition. The publication includes texts by the renowned dance scholars. The following texts by Professor Susan Manning and Hanna Raszewska, are concerned with, respectively, the global and local trajectories of the development of modern dance; the reception and perception contexts of dance juxtaposed with the stage practices of the Weimar Republic (Dr Kate Elswit;, the kinesthetic dimension of the natural sciences and technology in the early 20th century (Prof. Inge Baxmann); the corporeal aspects of thinking which set new directions for the reflection on women’s history (Prof. Felicia McCarren); the social functions of rhythm in dance theories and practices of modernism (Dr hab. Wojciech Klimczyk); dance as work from the political and philosophical perspective (Prof. Mark Franko); finally, the relations of modern dance and the early feminist movements (Julia Hoczyk). The volume concludes with two essays complementing the range of issues presented by the exhibition: a translation of the article by Prof. Nell Andrew, who treats the case of Akarova (a Belgian dancer and choreographer) as a way to discuss the relations between the visual arts, dance, theatre, architecture and music, followed by Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk’s essay on the contexts and relations of space and movement of the body in the sculptural theory and practice of Katarzyna Kobro. The exhibition, the conference and this volume raise questions about the corporeal and movement based experience of modernity in the context of artistic and social practices. Hopefully, this book will help to revive the debate upon the kinesthetic conditioning of the modernist project and will introduce dance and choreographic practices into the context of a broader reflection on modern art.


Publisher: Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi
Texts by:  Nell Andrew, Inge Baxmann, Kate Elswit, Mark Franko, Julia Hoczyk, Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk, Wojciech Klimczyk, Susan Manning, Felicia McCarren, Hanna Raszewska, Katarzyna Słoboda
Editorial coordination: Monika Wesołowska
Design and typesetting: Ryszard Bienert

ISBN 978-83-63820-62-6
Published in 2017
Dimensions: 22 x 27 x 3 cm
Cover: soft cover
Languages: Polish and English edition
Number of pages: 252
Illustrations: ca.45 (26 in colour and 19 black & white) 

Publication accompaning the exhibition: „Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity” which took place at Muzeum Sztuki ms1 Łódź (18.11.2016 - 05.03.2017).

Price: 120 PLN

You can purchase this publication by emailing us at:  ksiegarnia@msl.org.pl


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