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Dances with laws: from metaphor to methodology

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posted on 13.05.2021, 06:43 by Sean Mulcahy
Though law in/and/as performance is a burgeoning area of scholarship, with scholars exploring the relation between theatre, music and law, there is substantially less attention paid to the possibilities of dancing the law. In this article, the author identifies three styles of legal dance – (1) dance as legal practice, (2) dance as legal resolution, and (3) dance as legal research – providing case studies of each from amongst contemporary dance practice. Drawing from this legal dance practice and a survey of the existing field of dance and law research, the author asserts then challenges some common dichotomies between dance and law, most predominant of which is the claim that dance is body oriented whereas law is word oriented. Arguing against this common dichotomy, as the curtains close, the author choreographs the beginnings of dance as an embodied jurisprudence – one that moves the discussion of dance and law from metaphor to methodology.

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Publication Date

24/03/2021

Journal

Law and Humanities

Pagination

(p. 1-28)

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

ISSN

1752-1483

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