Valentin Meneau

FachbereichAnglistik und Amerikanistik
HauptbetreuerProf. Dr. Nicole Haitzinger
NebenbetreuerProf. Dr. Nils Grosch
Thema der DissertationThe Genealogy of Female Hypersexualisation in Latin American Competitive Dancing

The vocabulary of DanceSport is evolving so rapidly that anyone remotely familiar with samba as it is currently practiced would laugh at the now ridiculous appearing performances of the 1970s. In fact, dance and its body vocabulary change and evolve, partly in response to the culture of which it is a part. The ideological and hegemonic concepts of gender, sexuality, race, class (among others) have a direct influence on the choreographic and technical repertoire.
The aim of this project is an analysis of dispositive in DanceSport. By considering the knowledge flowing through discourse, but also through bodily practice, and as it is inscribed within the framework of an institution, its social codes and judgement criteria, I wish to identify elements responsible for the stability or instability of the concrete hegemony reigning at each precise moment in the DanceSport microcosm.
By designing a genealogy, historicizing DanceSport’s choreographic vocabulary, I wish to focus both on the transformations in this vocabulary, as well as trace back the origin, itinerary and evolution, the historical process responsible for the emergence and stabilization of sexualization and female objectification on the dancefloor.