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Dancing the Black Question

The Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon



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Dancing the Black Question by Christy Adair
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In this dynamic cultural history of the internationally celebrated Phoenix Dance Company, Christy Adair interrogates the factors which contributed to the success of the company. This complex narrative, played out through gender, ethnicity, and class, locates Phoenix as a significant artistic force in British contemporary dance. It draws on a range of primary sources including the Company archives and interviews with members of the Company from 1981-2001. One of the paradoxes which the Company faced was the expectation by funding bodies, critics, and audiences that it should represent 'the black community', with such expectations posing a challenge for each successive artistic director.This provocative reconsideration of British dance history confronts the Euro centrism of dance in the late twentieth century and investigates institutional racism on the part of arts policy makers, funders, and critics.

Author Biography

Christy Adair, acclaimed dance historian and critic, is Reader in Dance Studies at York St. John University. She is author of Women and Dance: sylphs and sirens (1992): the first feminist analysis applied to the dance canon.
Release date NZ
March 20th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
black & white illustrations
Dance Books Ltd
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