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Dancing with Strindberg: A social perspective

Chapter in book
Authors Astrid von Rosen
Mats Nilsson
Published in Dream-playing across borders: accessing the non-texts of Strindberg’s A dream play in Düsseldorf 1915–18 and beyond / Astrid von Rosen (ed.)
Pages 122-136
ISBN 978-91-7061-232-9
Publisher Makadam
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 122-136
Language en
Keywords Ett drömspel, Strindberg, social dans, konstnärlig dans, Intima teatern, Isadora Duncan, vals
Subject categories Ethnology, Art History


In “Dancing with Strindberg: A Social Perspective”, Astrid von Rosen and Mats Nilsson and explore social dance in Strindberg’s context; the results are then brought back to Düsseldorf in my chapter. We argue that a corporeal and social analysis of the waltz considerably improves our ability to understand emotionally and politically charged dimensions of A Dream Play. While this practical work differs greatly from traditional text-based approaches, it relates to current explorations where practice-based researchers collaborate with humanities scholars. In the words of Tracy C. Davies and Barnaby King, a new creative research model is emerging “that functions contiguously with an archivally based model in that it engages evidence, posits new knowledge, and activates debate”. As dance is still a relatively rare theme in Strindbergian scholarship, we think a more embodied approach to archival investigations opens the way for further critical explorations in the future.

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