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1 Introduction Our political world is in constant motion. Our lives are continually shifting. Collective communicative structures which have held us together in various forms of communal life are relentlessly being challenged by new languages. Practices that have bound human beings together for thousands of years are transformed, gain new meaning and receive renewed significance. This book is a study of one such practice, dance. The book intervenes in critical conjunctures in political theory, bringing together new reflections on the moving body, spaces of action and our interpretation of politics and political theory more broadly. Jodi Dean’s careful examination of the Occupy movement in The Communist Horizon, in which, quite literally, bodies intervened in public spaces in order to reconsider distributive justice; Jane Bennett’s crucial intervention into the humanist and language-​driven world of political theory, Vibrant Matter; and Diana Coole and Samantha Frost’s edited collection New Materialisms opened up a vista for scholars and theorists seeking new ways to consider the body in its relationship to the physical world it inhabits, as well as to understanding politics through the long-standing humanistic tradition in philosophy. However, the inspiration and galvanising force for embarking on my own argument comes from a question raised by Bonnie Honig in her reading of Antigone, which converses with numerous other readings of this play, from Hegel to Butler through Lacan, in her Antigone, Interrupted; she revisits an invitation to leave grief behind, dance all night and join the feast of Dionysus (Honig 2013: 119). Honig asks us to reconsider...

Dance and politics

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