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2013 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III

Dancing With Hitler: The Effects of Geopolitics in Dance

The physical location of the body combined with the political climate of a given culture plays a critical role in shaping what kind of movement aesthetic is accepted by society. In examining the geopolitics of dance with a focus on Nazi Germany between the years 1930-1945, this presentation discusses what was happening to dance in Europe under Hitlerís control. From being utilized as a weapon of manipulation and propaganda, to dictating what art could be created, to forcing dancers to flee the artistic oppression and collaborate with Western dancers, there is no denying the sway geography and politics had in influencing modern dance. Dance has the power to control; and Hitlerís Nazi party was cunning in utilizing the strength of physical movements to literally mobilize an entire nation into falling under their oppression. Whether it was militaristic marching, or the infamous Nazi out-stretched arm, the movements implemented by this regime combined with inevitable geopolitical factors ultimately impacted dance as we know it today.

Presenter: Allison Bohman (The College at Brockport) -- abohm1@u.brockport.edu
Topic: Dance - Panel
Location: Strasser Dance Studio, 152 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)