The Changing Face of Dance: Televisual Excursions into the World of the Aesthetic

By Colleen Dunagan.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Through an analysis of sample works from Paul Hunter, Spike Jonze, and Michel Gondry I show how music videos and commercials employ dance to capture the cultural currency of art.

Keywords: Dance, Art and Advertising, Television

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.9-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.646MB).

Dr. Colleen Dunagan

Currently, Dr. Dunagan is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the California State University, Long Beach. She holds a Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside. Her main research interests are dance philosophy/aesthetics and dance in film and television. Dunagan's dissertation examined the tradition of 20th Century Western dance aesthetics from the perspective of post-structuralist critical theories in order to reveal how dance challenges Romantic and Enlightenment notions of art and author. In a recent publication, “Dance, Knowledge, and Power”, she recuperates Susanne Langer’s philosophy of dance through a merging of Langer's ideas with elements of phenomenology and pragmatism. Currently, Dr. Dunagan's research looks at the proliferation of dance in commercial formats, specifically the presence of dance in commercials. Investigating links between Western theatrical dance practices and dance-based commercials, she examines how dance contributes to popular culture and serves the advertising format as a meaning-maker. Her research has been presented at SDHS, CORD, and the Popular Culture Association.

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