Alarm bells go off for me whenever I watch visually slick, suggestively edited trailers for dance pieces that feature close ups of pretty, blank faces, close ups of bodies hitting the floor, skin, poetic shots of hands and loins and atmospheric music. What a terrible representation/annihilation of the qualities of live performance, in how it functions socially, culturally, politically, in content and form. I know the practical reasons why choreographers release these kinds of trailers. But in doing so we are giving into cultural patterns and perpetuating ways of seeing and experiencing the body that actually undermine the body and the work that we do, live and in real time.


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