Mary Wigman the witch

Kolb, Alexandra (2015) Mary Wigman the witch. In: Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity, SDHS conference, Athens. (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

My paper investigates the different versions of Mary Wigman’s famous Hexentanz (Witch Dance) which have spanned three political regimes (including the Third Reich). I examine how the cultural and political milieus of these different periods may have shaped, through Wigman’s imagination if not necessarily consciously, the form and iconography of the works. I also intend a rereading of the central figure of the witch. Although Hexentanz has been interpreted as feminist in current research (e.g. Banes 1998), early 20th-century inquests into historical witchcraft trials reveal interpretations ranging from anti-clerical and feminist, to racist and anti-semitic.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Item ID: 16680
Depositing User: Alexandra Kolb
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 14:21
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:30
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16680

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