"Performing Authenticity and the Gendered Labor of Dance" Susan Leigh Foster's take-off point for her intervention on labor during the conference

Rustom Bharucha, the curator of  Rethinking Labor and the Creative Economy: Global Performative Perspectives, the Fluid States event taking place in New Dehli, India, in February and March 2015, recommends reading Susan Foster's essay "Performing Authenticity and the Gendered Labor of Dance" in which the author looks at the relationship between dance and labour using the example of the widely popluar TV show So You Think You Can Dance?

"The phrases dance as labor, or the labor of dance are at one level oxymoronic, especially when comparing their stereotypic representations: labor is alienated whereas dance is completely engaged; labor is productive, that is, it
produces things whereas dance is non productive and vanishes as it is performed; labor is useful unlike dance which is not useful; and labor is hard and dull unlike dance which is easy, spontaneous, sexy, and fun. However, new developments in the organization of the work place and new theorizations of the nature of labor within the global economy may make it possible to think productively about what it would mean to approach dance as a form of labor and also to envision what dance can say about the act of laboring that might help us to understand better what work is."

The full text can be found here (PDF)

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