Partnering as Rhetoric

In Simon Ellis, Hetty Blades & Charlotte Waelde (eds.), A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Coventry, UK: pp. 112-131 (2018)
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Bodily rhetoric is a burgeoning field, with scholars investing attention to the ways in which non-verbal communication mediates change between individuals and groups in complex scenarios, including political settings. Scenarios in which individuals move together – whether in completely extemporaneous situations or in existing forms such as Contact Improvisation, Argentinian Tango, or Classical Pas de Deux – pose a similarly complex communicative problem. Drawing on the work of Lloyd Bitzer, I demonstrate how rhetorical theory provides methodological insight by which we can better understand the dynamic practice that is always already happening in situations where individuals move together.

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Ilya Vidrin
Northeastern University


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