By Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie
Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, recognized jointly as Divas Dance Theatre, are well known for his or her hugely visible, interdisciplinary brand of dance functionality that comes with components of theatre, movie, opera, poetry and vaudevillian humour. Anarchic Dance, together with a ebook and DVD-Rom, is a visible and textual list in their boundary-shattering functionality work. The DVD-Rom features extracts from Aggiss and Cowie's paintings, together with the highly-acclaimed dance film Motion keep watch over (premiered on BBC2 in 2002), rare video pictures of their punk-comic live performances because the Wild Wigglers and reconstructions of Aggiss's solo functionality in Grotesque Dancer. These films are cross-referenced within the book, allowing readers to compare functionality and observation as Aggiss and Cowie invite a vast diversity of writers to ascertain their concert and dance display perform via research, idea, dialogue and personal response. broadly illustrated with black and white and color pictures Anarchic Dance, offers a finished research into Cowie and Aggiss’s collaborative partnership and demonstrates quite a number intriguing methods wherein dance functionality may be engaged seriously.
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With her ‘spiritual sensitivity [she] grasped and reﬂected . . the discrepancies of life, its antinomies and the contradictions of today, 24 marion kant ■ from which no principle of salvation can be drawn. She, the one really modern dancer, oﬀers us the dance shred of our shredded lives, but even she cannot really create a dance for our times’ (Lewitan 1932: 4). Thus she represented the collapse of a world, her own world, and oﬀered no hope for her characters or survival strategies for herself.
As one of hundreds of thousands of refugees she had to survive, somehow. She opened the Beggar’s Bar in New York’s Bowery and insulted anyone who came near her. The ‘beast’, the strange animal, found no place for herself after she had to emigrate; nor was she welcomed back in Germany in 1945, after the end of World War II. ■ liz aggiss and grotesque expressionism 25 In her four books on herself, she skilfully turned herself into a legend. That is where later performers took her up. The engagement with Valeska Gert today can be less with a person than with the principles she represented.
Every 32 marion kant ■ sketch deeply doubts the meaning of art and human existence. Though the angles from which it happens diﬀer, the removal of moral and aesthetic certainties unites the piece. All those little niches in which people take refuge, all those soothing ideas that they use to indulge themselves, all the wholesome notions of goodness, decency and integrity through art are wrecked. A pile of shattered hopes remains; hopes in the form of shards, cultural and artistic, that have extremely sharp edges.
Anarchic Dance by Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie