Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies
Book of essays on spectatorship, 2014

Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies seeks to articulate the potential of contemporary dance as a critical force in today’s visual regime. It discusses the work of several choreographers (Alexander Baervoets, Boris Charmatz, Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre, Vera Mantero, Philipp Gehmacher, Jennifer Lacey and Nadia Lauro, and deufert & plischke) who develop physical expressions vulnerable and permeable to the world. Their critical and experimental approach challenges and expands spectatorship, including the corporeal, technological and cultural elements that support the ways we see, hear, sense and imagine.
‘Reading this book gives me the sense of fiction without narrative in that I am aware of the author’s artistry and clarity of vision but nothing is being proven to me through causality. The collection of light tethers through reference to other times and other artists, thinkers, spectators, writers – the delicate stirring of the sedimented knowledge we watch through – both engage my memory and inspire me to watch again and this time, again, without placing myself at the center of the story. I don’t need to get It, but there is an It and It is not me but It matters to me.’ (Chrysa Parkinson in Contact Quarterly)
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Published by Kinesis, Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki
First edition, May 2014
Second edition, January 2015
Third edition, December 2017
312 pages, 14.8 x 21 cm, sewn perfect binding
ISBN: 978-952-6670-38-6
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Book launch at O Rumo do Fumo and Fórum Dança in Lisbon, 23 February 2015. Lecture by Jeroen Peeters in the series My Dance History.
Book launch at the Municipal Theatre Rivoli, Porto, 20 February 2015. Conversation with Alexandra Balona
Book launch at HZT and Tanzfabrik, Berlin, 2 November 2014. With responses by Stefanie Wenner and Martin Nachbar
Book launch at Oktoberdans, Bergen, 20 October 2014. With responses by André Eiermann and Mette Edvardsen
Book launch at ImPulsTanz, Vienna, 22 July 2014. With responses by Philipp Gehmacher and Jennifer Lacey
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