Valuing Dance: Commodities and Gifts in Motion (Paperback)
Because dance materializes through and for people, because we learn to dance from others and often present dance to others, the moment of its transmission is one of dance's central and defining features. Valuing Dance looks at the occasion when dancing passes from one person to another as an act of exchange, one that is redolent with symbolic meanings, including those associated with its history and all the labor that has gone into its making. It examines two ways that dance can be exchanged, as commodity and as gift, reflecting on how each establishes dance's relative worth and merit differently. When and why do we give dance? Where and to whom do we sell it? How are such acts of exchange rationalized and justified? Valuing Dance poses these questions in order to contribute to a conversation around what dance is, what it does, and why it matters.
Susan Leigh Foster, choreographer and scholar, is the author of numerous books and essays and editor of several anthologies on dance and the body. Three of her danced lectures can be found at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage website http: //danceworkbook.pcah.us/susan-foster/index.html