Epilepsy, Chorea, and Involuntary Movements Onstage: The Politics and Aesthetics of Alterkinetic Dance

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This article draws on contemporary performance practice and the history of science (specifically neurology) to examine ways in which the performance of epilepsy and other movement disorders onstage links controversial art practices with a history of performance of medical authority. The article further argues for a turn towards "alterkinetic" aesthetics which favour movement over stillness, overturning the dominant paradigm in contemporary dance that turns away from balletic virtuosity. Instead, the "alterkinetic" aesthetic describes tics and falls, movement orders and disorders, hyperkinesis, and technical expertise in everyday movement as onstage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-183
Number of pages24
JournalAbout Performance
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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