Presentation of André Lepecki’s book Exhausting Dance


From 2 December 2021




Presentation of André Lepecki’s book Exhausting DancePresentation of André Lepecki’s book Exhausting Dance



Writer and curator André Lepecki will explore the main ideas and artistic works that informed his book Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement. This online presentation marks the publication of the Russian translation by Garage.

Fifteen years after the book Exhausting Dance was first published in English, how can some of its conceptual approaches help us understand dance today? How can we understand contemporary dance through stillness, slow ontology, choreo-politics, choreography as apparatus of capture, dance as hauntology, and racist formations of movement and ground?  How do these concepts and procedures create compositional and historical links between dance, the visual arts, and performance art? And, how can dance as a practice offer critical tools for an assessment of the broader politics around movement, including the control and monitoring of movement in this moment of global pandemic? André Lepecki will share his thoughts on contemporary dance, returning to the main concepts of his book.

The talk will last around 40 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session with Garage curator Anastasia Mityushina and dance researcher and curator Anna Kozonina.


André Lepecki (1965, Brasilia) is a writer, independent curator, and Full Professor and Chairperson at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. His edited anthologies on dance and performance theory include Of the Presence of the Body (2004), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes 2007), Dance (2012), and Points of Convergence (with Marta Dziewańska, 2015). Selected curatorial projects have been shown at HKW-Berlin, MoMA-Warsaw, MoMA PS1, Hayward Gallery, Haus der Künst, and Sydney Biennial 2016. He is the author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement (2006; published in Russian by Garage in 2021) and Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance (2016). In 2008, he won the AICA-US Best Performance award as the co-curator and director of the authorized reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in Six Parts.


The event will take place online on the Garage YouTube channel.