social space

“Dance belongs to the most important forms of presentation and representation for humanity. Cultural identity is expressed through dance; and through dance self–comprehension and the comprehension of the world can be experienced. Dance can be understood as a 'window' into a culture, which makes it possible to realise its identity and dynamics.” (Christoph Wulf)

© Videostill: Bande à part (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)

On the one hand there is a disassociation, if not almost an isolation, within a group dance — because the dance is performed without a specific partner. However, we nevertheless see in the scene a strong community feeling. This community feeling is based on a "collective knowledge" on movement — that defines the knowledge about how to move in time and space. At the same time, the dancers, by interacting and reacting to each other, create and demonstrate "social space."



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