Perpetual Motion

Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common

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Harmony Bench

Perpetual Motion argues that dance is a vital part of civil society and a means for building participation, looking at how, after 9/11, it became a crucial way of recuperating the common character of public spaces. It asks how dance brings people together in digital spaces and what dance’s digital travels might mean for how we experience and express community.

Background photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash.

In Perpetual Motion, Harmony Bench achieves a stunning tour de force rendering of dance created for internet distribution. Reading the digitized bodies-in-motion as the basis for a twenty-first century common, she constructs essential theoretical models for considering asymmetrical access to dance, travel, the technologies of digital production, and modes of global distribution. A crucial offering for dance studies.

— Thomas F. DeFrantz, former president, Society of Dance History Scholars

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    This book is freely available in an open access edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a collaboration of the Association of American Universities, the Association of University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries—and the generous support of The Ohio State University Libraries. Learn more at the TOME website, available at:

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