The art of thinking about the body, of writing about it, of collecting its traces, is constantly changing – sometimes for the worse. By now there is hardly a publishing house left that would dare to publish a dance book. And hardly any newspaper prints a longer dance story unless it is about a star, scandal or a salsa party in the local town.
Dance is no longer a cute amusement for high-born wannabe starlets. Dance is professional teamwork, a joint struggle for the realization of a sustainable idea involving many trades, not just designers as is the case in classical theater. People have long been pursuing multimedia strategies. They are fighting for new, improved structures. Never before have dance professionals been so well trained as to be at the cutting edge of technique and involved in redefining their production methods. These production methods are becoming more elaborate and are motivated by the idea of depicting relevant issues, opening up new spaces, and doing more than just physically illustrating pleasant-sounding music.