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Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance

Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance Review by Eylül Fidan Akinci BOOK REVIEWED: André Lepecki, Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. A ndré Lepecki’s Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance has a revolutionary ambition: overturning the “perform or else” ethos of neoliberalism by following lines of resistance from within experimental choreography. He employs experimental dance as a mode of critical thinking to problematize neocolonial capitalist management over corporeality and subjectivity. Examining post-2000 performances by choreographers predominantly from the U.S., South America, and Europe, Lepecki detects five directions in which subversive choreography gathers or imagines a new community of singularities that expresses “freedom beyond liberal individualism”: thingness, darkness, animality, persistence, and solidity. Each chapter presents these directions via close readings of dramaturgical and choreographic structures of his case studies, juxtaposing them with theories of immanence, posthumanism, visuality, temporality, and black studies. Drawing from the philosophy of Simondon, Didi-Hubermann, and Deleuze & Guattari, Lepecki defines singularities as “modes of collective individuation” or “actualization of a difference that matters difference in the world.” These productions refuse to circulate as legible and exchangeable signs that reify the complexity of experience into user-friendly commodities. Rather, singularities inhabit events in which human http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance

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MIT Press
Copyright
© 2017 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_r_00371
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Abstract

Review by Eylül Fidan Akinci BOOK REVIEWED: André Lepecki, Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. A ndré Lepecki’s Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance has a revolutionary ambition: overturning the “perform or else” ethos of neoliberalism by following lines of resistance from within experimental choreography. He employs experimental dance as a mode of critical thinking to problematize neocolonial capitalist management over corporeality and subjectivity. Examining post-2000 performances by choreographers predominantly from the U.S., South America, and Europe, Lepecki detects five directions in which subversive choreography gathers or imagines a new community of singularities that expresses “freedom beyond liberal individualism”: thingness, darkness, animality, persistence, and solidity. Each chapter presents these directions via close readings of dramaturgical and choreographic structures of his case studies, juxtaposing them with theories of immanence, posthumanism, visuality, temporality, and black studies. Drawing from the philosophy of Simondon, Didi-Hubermann, and Deleuze & Guattari, Lepecki defines singularities as “modes of collective individuation” or “actualization of a difference that matters difference in the world.” These productions refuse to circulate as legible and exchangeable signs that reify the complexity of experience into user-friendly commodities. Rather, singularities inhabit events in which human

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2017

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