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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Is Dance a Man’s Sport Too? The Performance of Athletic-Coded Masculinity on the Concert Dance Stage

This paper seeks to explore the ongoing relationships between the concert dance and sports as a means of promoting masculinity in the dance world. Sports, as vocabulary, as content, or as movement material have been reoccurring theme explored by choreographers as diverse as Vaslav Nijinsky, Twyla Tharp, and Gene Kelly. With specific attention to Nijinsky’s Jeux (1913), Shawn’s Olympiad (1936), Twyla Tharp’s Dance is a Man’s Sport Too (1980), and Kelly’s Dancing – A Man’s Game, this paper examines pervasive themes of the acceptable place for sports for men in U.S culture versus the suspect position of dance.

Presenter: Maura Keefe (Faculty)
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 10 am (Session I)