Director of Dance Linda Caruso-Haviland Examines “Restaging” for Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 11:42 am.

caruso-havilandAn excerpt of an essay by Director of Dance Linda Caruso-Haviland titled “Repetition Island: Some Thoughts on Restaging, Reconstruction, Reenactment, Re-performance, Re-presentation, and Reconstruction in Dance” has been posted to the website of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Commissioned as part of the Center’s research on the topic of “restaging,” a PDF of the full essay is also available on the Pew website as well as earlier pieces on the topic by Caruso-Haviland—“Every Copy an Original: William Forsythe’s Attitude on Restaging His Ballets” and “Re-substantiating the Dance: William Forsythe’s Synchronous Objects.”

From “Repetition Island: Some Thoughts on Restaging, Reconstruction, Reenactment, Re-performance, Re-presentation, and Reconstruction in Dance”:

“Although each art type or art work generates its own ‘how’ with reference to re-presentation, they share the common question of ‘why.’ Why reconstruct or restage or reenact? ‘Can this be done?’ is intimately linked philosophically and pragmatically with ‘Should this be done?'”

Caruso-Haviland is an associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, the founder and director of Bryn Mawr’s Dance Program, and the current Alice Carter Dickerman Chair for the Director of the Arts. Prior to her current roles at Bryn Mawr, she founded the dance program at SUNY/Westchester CC and taught in several colleges and universities. She also teaches in and directed Bryn Mawr College’s critical thinking and writing program for first-year students and has received the College’s Rosalyn R. Schwartz teaching award.

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