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By Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie

Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, recognized jointly as Divas Dance Theatre, are popular for his or her hugely visible, interdisciplinary brand of dance functionality that comes with parts of theatre, movie, opera, poetry and vaudevillian humour. Anarchic Dance, such as a publication 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 regulate (premiered on BBC2 in 2002), rare video photos 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 check functionality and statement as Aggiss and Cowie invite a large diversity of writers to envision their concert and dance display perform via research, thought, dialogue and personal response.  greatly illustrated with black and white and color pictures Anarchic Dance, offers a complete research into Cowie and Aggiss’s collaborative partnership and demonstrates a variety of interesting methods by which dance functionality will be engaged severely.

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A raspberry ripple of critical theory runs through a whole generation’s texts for performance and, ironically, deforms its performativity. These leaden reflexive texts have been quite pervasive in much postmodern dance and performance: a fug of semiotics, psychoanalysis, biography, art history and critical theory which, strange to relate, its practitioners must believe – as they move through space glumly ■ writing dance 17 incanting this stuff – is a better night out than listening to the shipping forecast at home.

The intelligent audience has to consider whether the artist is pure fiction, whether the films are historical documents or not, though the title indicates that the whole enterprise is high jinks, a spirited game of mockery. At the same time Liz Aggiss is the jinx to the believers of modern dance; she plays a nasty trick on them and their revered notions of art. But it is a puzzle to piece together; it is an intellectual game to discriminate the real between the un-real, the true between the un-true pieces, to distinguish fiction from non-fiction.

Holm, a pupil of Mary Wigman, had built and headed in the early 1930s the first Wigman School in New York, and Holger was also an expressionist dancer, an Austrian Jewess who fled from the Nazi regime in the late 1930s. Both women represented different, not entirely compatible, strands of modern Germanic dance traditions but had nothing, so far as I know, to do with Gert. The shrill, unsettled, neurotic Valeska Gert was quite another matter. Her heritage is of a peculiar kind; she was a woman who was said to consist of nothing but abysses (Niehoff 1962: 122).

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