Displaced/displayed - surviving dance in exile

Kampe, T (2020) 'Displaced/displayed - surviving dance in exile.' In: Kampe, T and Kampe, G, eds. Beyond forgetting - persecution/exile/memory: transdisciplinary perspectives on design, performance and education. Cuvillier, Goettingen. (Forthcoming)

Abstract

This chapter takes its title ‘displaced/displayed’ from a screen dance installation presented at the sympsoisum Beyond Forgetting 1938 -2018 : Persecution/Exile/Memory in Coburg in 2018. It draws on the legacy of Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (Vienna 1890 – Sydney 1959) and her dancers within a context of global transmission of dance knowledge through crisis, diaspora and exile. Bodenwieser was forced into exile from Europe after the Austrian ‘Anschluss’ in 1938, via Colombia and New Zealand, to work for a period of 20 years in Australia where her work was seminal for the development of Modern Dance culture. How does dance survive displacement? How did radical European Jewish Modern Dancers cope with persecution and exile? The chapter uses unpublished archive material - personal letters and newspaper reviews - to give an insight into the complexities and vulnerability of Gertrud Bodenwieser’s journey through exile, and gives voice to a legacy of nearly forgotten European dancers, including Bodenwieser company members Emmy Steininger- Taussig, Melissa Melzer and Magda Hoyos-Brunner

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: modern dance diaspora, Jewish exile studies, dance history, Bodenwieser, Viennese modern dance, Australian modern dance
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DB Austria
D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Bath School of Music & Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 18:14
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 18:14
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