ISSN: 17571871
First published in 2009
2 issues per volume
Volume 9 Issue 1
Cover Date: June 2017
Entangled histories, part 1: Releasing the Archive
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Authors:  Carol Brown 
DOI: 10.1386/jdsp.9.1.57_1


Releasing the Archive probes the potential for a return to the past as a method for revitalizing corporeal expression in the present. In this trans-hemispherical project, we explore the avant-garde dance practice of Gertrud Bodenwieser (b. 1890 Vienna, d. 1959 Sydney) in Vienna prior to her exile to Australia in 1938 through a somatic approach. What is the potential opened by a recovery of the principles and practices of her dance methods and corporeal project? In inhabiting the archives of former Bodenwieser dancers through an inter-corporeal approach, Releasing the Archive explores what they can do in the present. It renders visible the specific somatic and expressive logic of dance methods that emerged in Vienna in the period 1919–38 and were developed in Australia from 1939, when they were ‘outlawed’ in Austria and Germany. At the same time, it invites an ethics of witnessing the past through the stories of the dancers who embodied it.
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