- First comprehensive volume on contemporary dance, informed by dance studies and sociology
- Detailed analyses of key works by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Meg Stuart, Jérôme Bel, Boris Charmatz
- Antennae series: Award Dutch Best Book Designs 2015 by the student panel of judges
Author: Rudi Laermans
Series: Antennae/Arts in Society
2015, Valiz with Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts | paperback | 432 pp | 21 x 13,5 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-52-3
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Dance Chronicle, March 2017 (pdf)
Etnografia e ricera qualitativa, Sept.–Dec. 2016 (pdf)
Nouvelles de Danse, October 2016 (pdf)
Etcetera #143, December 2015
rekto:verso #68, October 2015
In this long-awaited book sociologist and dance critic Rudi Laermans clarifies the multiple stakes of contemporary dance through a unique combination of dance studies and sociology. Detailed analyses of seminal dance works by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meg Stuart and many others inspire the book’s first, theoretically-oriented part. The second part of the book focuses on artistic collaboration and co-creation, based on extensive dialogues with choreographers from the thriving Brussels dance scene.
‘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. Absolutely essential.' - André Lepecki, Associate Professor in Performance Studies, New York University
Rudi Laermans is Professor of Social Theory at the University of Leuven (BE). He is the author of several books and has published widely on social systems theory, (post)modernity, and the sociology of the arts. He also frequently writes about contemporary dance and other performing arts.