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dance pushes boundaries of nakedness

Dancers have long worn skin tight and flesh colored dance outfits. It seems there is a growing trend towards being free of costumes and totally nude or as it is described below naked. The trend is meeting with mixed responses.

Nakedness in Dance, Taken to Extremes
via NY Times

Recently, though, several instances of nakedness have extended the frontiers of liberation; the majority of the more advanced examples have featured men. How do you think you would react to the following showings?

I‘ve mainly been using the word “naked” rather than “nude.” The art historian Kenneth Clark began his beloved book “The Nude” (1956) with a distinction. “To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes and the word implies some of the embarrassment which most of us feel in that condition,” he wrote. By contrast, the image projected into the mind by the word nude “is not of a huddled and defenceless body, but of a balanced, prosperous and confident body: the body re-formed.”

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I find the contrast in the meaning behind the word naked versus nude helpful and illustrative. After reading the article above I came across another blog exploring this subject which I reblogged. That post included a link to this youtube  video example of the way nakedness or the nude body is being I utilized in dance. It is an interpretation of the Rite of Spring

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