Silent Rhythm

Available now from the  Routledge website .

Available now from the Routledge website.

Kaite O’Reilly, ‘Silent Rhythm: A reflection on the aging, changing body, and sensory impairment as a source of creativity and inspiration, in The Aging Body in Dance: A cross-cultural perspective, ed. by Nanako Nakajima and Gabriele Brandstetter (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 7889.

The Aging Body in Dance brings together leading scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds to investigate cultural ideas of movement and beauty, expressiveness and agility.

Contributors focus on Euro-American and Japanese attitudes towards aging and performance, including studies of choreographers, dancers and directors from Yvonne Rainer, Martha Graham, Anna Halprin and Roemeo Castellucci to Kazuo Ohno and Kikuo Tomoeda. They draw a fascinating comparison between youth-oriented Western cultures and dance cultures like Japan’s, where aging performers are celebrated as part of the country’s living heritage.

The first cross-cultural study of its kind, The Aging Body in Dance offers a vital resource for scholars and practitioners interested in global dance cultures and their differing responses to the world's aging population.


Table of Contents

Introduction, Gabriele Brandstetter and Nanako Nakajima

Overview of the Aging Body in Dance, Nanako Nakajima

Section I: The Aging Body in the late 20th century: American Postmodern Dance, German Dance, and Japanese Dance

  • Yvonne Rainer, The Aching Body in Dance
  • Ramsay Burt, Yvonne Rainer’s Convalescent Dance: On valuing ordinary, everyday, and unidealised bodily states in the context of the aging body in dance
  • Johannes Odenthal, Der Tanz ist eine Metapher des Lebens (Dance is a Metaphor of Life)
  • Tamotsu Watanabe, Flowers Blooming in the Time of Aging

Section II: Alternative Dancability: Dis/Ability and Euro-American Performance

  • Ann Cooper Albright, The Perverse Satisfaction of Gravity
  • Jess Curtis, Dancing the Non/Fictional Body
  • Kaite O’Reilly, SILENT RHYTHM: A Reflection on the aging, changing body, and sensory impairment as a source of creativity and inspiration
  • Susanne Foellmer, Bodies' Borderlands: Right in the Middle. Dis/Abilities on Stage

Section III: Aging and Body Politics in Contemporary Dance

  • Petra Kuppers, Somatic Politics: Community Dance and Aging Dance
  • Kikuko Toyama, Old, weak, and invalid: dance in inaction
  • Janice Ross, Dance and Aging: Anna Halprin Dancing Eros at the End of Life

Section IV: Perspectives of Interweaving

  • Mark Franko, Why are Hands the Last Resort of the Aging Body in Dance? Notes on the Modernist Gesture and the Sublime
  • Nanako Nakajima, Yoshito Ohno’s Figures of Life