More than proposing a chronological narrative about the history of dance, or an exhaustive survey of the relations between dance and the visual arts, the group show Histories of Dance proposes a reflection on the politics of bodies in movement. This expanded perspective allows for possible answers to the questions of what is dance, which bodies dance, what moves them, and how they move.
Structured around a thinking and a vocabulary proper to dance – the show’s axes of research include gravity and suspension, traces and memory, composition and improvisation – the show will feature works from different periods, geographies and supports.
In a proposal that is entirely new for MASP, the section of the exhibition located on the second sublevel will have an extensive programming of presentations, essays and workshops by dancers, choreographers, artists and performers. The project seeks to put active bodies at the center of the show and to critically question the possibilities, dialogues and ruptures that can arise from the presentation of bodies in movement within the museum.
CURATED BY Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director, MASP; Julia Bryan-Wilson, Adjunct-Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, MASP; Olivia Ardui, Assistent-Curator, MASP.