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Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration explores global relationality within the realm of
intercultural collaboration in contemporary dance. Author SanSan Kwan looks specifically at duets, focusing on East West pairings, and how dance artists from different cultural and movement backgrounds -Asia, the Asian diaspora, Europe, and the United States; trained in contemporary dance, hip
hop, flamenco, Thai classical dance, kabuki, and butoh - find ways to collaborate. Kwan acknowledges the forces of dissension, prejudice, and violence present in any contact zone, but ultimately asserts that choreographic invention across difference can be an act of love in the face of loss and serve as a model for difficult, imaginative, compassionate global affiliation. Love
Dances contends that the practice and performance of dance serves as a revelatory site for working across culture. Body-to-body interaction on the stage carries the potential to model everyday encounters across difference in the world.
About the Author
SanSan Kwan is Associate Professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (2013) and co-editor, with Kenneth Speirs, of Mixing It Up: Multiracial Subjects (2004). She remainsactive as a professional dancer and is currently performing with Lenora Lee Dance.