The Commerce of Dance: A Postmodern Analysis of the Firm’s Role in Shaping Dance in Brisbane
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Theatre dance (notably ballet) can be seen as in the domain of high culture and the social elite. However, through a historical post modern analysis of one major company's role (the Firm) in Brisbane (Australia) between 1926 and 1960 it becomes evident that the Firm, was faced with the commercial reality of running a theatre business, blurred social classes when it came to the promotion of theatre dance. The first part of this paper will provide the theoretical background of historiography, cultural theory, notions of class, as well as the popular high art debate. The research method adopted will then be outlined before discussing the results. Through this post-modern analysis of what occurred in Brisbane a greater appreciation of the influential link between commerce and dance is established.In particular, it will be argued that this commercial impact (or influential link) related to the major influence of 'the Firm' in running a production company and the blurring of classes involved. It was this commercial link that was critical in the shaping of ballet in Brisbane as it occurred at a time prior to any systematic government support.
The International Journal of Arts Theory and History
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