Text/authors: Rudi Laermans
isbn: 978-90-78088-52-3   ..  € 19,90  .. buy book

• Rudi Laermans's long-awaited magnum opus

• Original combination of dance studies and social science

'Dans de democratie', rekto:verso, Nr. 68 October - November 2015
Samenwerking als micropolitieke praktijk, Etcetera, #143, December 2015

Nouvelles de Danse
Ethnography and Qualitative Research, Sept.-dec. 2016
Dance Chronicle, March 2017 more

Moving Together clarifies the multiple stakes of contemporary dance through an original combination of dance studies and sociology. Along the way, he analyses the works of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meg Stuart, fieldworks and others, giving insights in recent developments in dance practices. Extensive dialogues with choreographers reveal the way artistic cooperation results in dance.

'Clearly written, meticulously researched and theoretically enriching, Rudi Laermans’ first-hand accounts of key performances by some of the most influential names that have defined contemporary choreography since the mid-1980s make us see how crucial the Flemish dance scene has been for the development of contemporary experimental dance—and therefore, how it has also been a strong influence in those discourses that inform the reception and perception more

of international dance today. Absolutely essential.' André Lepecki, Associate Professor in Performance Studies, New York University

Rudi Laermans is Professor of Social Theory at the University
of Leuven (Belgium) and a regular guest teacher at P.A.R.T.S.,
the Brussels-based international school for contemporary dance
headed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. As an academic, he
has published widely in both national and international journals
and books within the areas of social theory, cultural sociology and
the sociology of the arts. For several years, he was the director of
the Centre for Cultural Sociology at the University of Leuven
and was involved in empirical studies on cultural and arts policy,
cultural participation and the fields of performing arts, cultural
heritage and the visual arts. Also active as a critic and essayist,
he published numerous articles on contemporary dance and is
one of the leading voices on, and partly also within, the Flemish
dance field. back

Moving Together: Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance
Graphic design: Metahaven.. 432 pp.. 21 x 13,5 cm.. Paperback..English.. In collaboration with Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg