DOI link for Introduction
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book addresses a decade of artistic production in experimental choreography from 2003 to 2014. It purposes unfolding in five chapters and one afterthought, is to assess the different ways some very specific works in experimental dance performance created by artists working in the US, Brazil, and Europe both express and critique the fundamental elements that define the rationality sustaining our age of neoliberal, neo-colonialist capitalism. It looks at the particular theoretical fields that mostly inform it, namely black studies, continental philosophy, political theory and dance and performance studies, is because many of these authors and certainly these fields of critical discursive practices are being read, discussed, used expanded, and contested by the artists whose works are addressed. It analyzes the offer alternatives to those invisible irrationalities permeating contemporary subjectivity, controlling it from within.