How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS by Gere, David

David Gere

How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS

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David Gere, who came of age as a dance critic at the height of the AIDS epidemic, offers the first book to examine the interplay...
David Gere, who came of age as a dance critic at the height of the AIDS epidemic, offers the first book to examine the interplay of AIDS and choreography in the United States, specifically in relation to gay men. The time he writes about is one of extremes. A life-threatening medical syndrome is spreading, its transmission linked to sex. Blame is settling on gay men. What is possible in such a highly charged moment, when art and politics coincide? Gere expands the definition of choreography to analyze not only theatrical dances but also ACT-UP protests and the unfurling of the Names Project AIDS quilt. These exist on a continuum in which dance, protest, and wrenching emotional expression have become essentially indistinguishable. Gere offers a gripping portrait of gay male choreographers struggling to cope with AIDS and its meanings.

Genre
Art & Photography
Pages
352
Publisher
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date
September 15, 2004
ISBN
9780299200848