Mary Wigman the witch

Conference paper

Kolb, A. 2015. Mary Wigman the witch. Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity. SDHS conference, Athens
TypeConference paper
TitleMary Wigman the witch
AuthorsKolb, A.

My paper investigates the different versions of Mary Wigman’s famous Hexentanz (Witch Dance) which have spanned three political regimes (including the Third Reich). I examine how the cultural and political milieus of these different periods may have shaped, through Wigman’s imagination if not necessarily consciously, the form and iconography of the works. I also intend a rereading of the central figure of the witch. Although Hexentanz has been interpreted as feminist in current research (e.g. Banes 1998), early 20th-century inquests into historical witchcraft trials reveal interpretations ranging from anti-clerical and feminist, to racist and anti-semitic.

Research GroupDance group
ConferenceCut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Jun 2015
Submitted06 Jun 2015
Output statusIn press
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