AbstractThis paper investigates the three versions of Mary Wigman’s Hexentanz (Witch Dance) in the context of the different political regimes which they spanned. The changing cultural milieus shaped – through Wigman’s imagination if not necessarily consciously – the works’ forms and iconographies. The witch figure relates to pre-industrial, pre-Christian Germanic identity and sparked considerable interest among völkisch and indeed Nazi groups. Wigman’s dances present a kaleidoscope of different treatments of the witch motif, encompassing (variously) the life reform movement, an intercultural fusion with oriental performance traditions, and a strand of paganism which also influenced National Socialism. They converge, however, around a unifying critique of modernity.
Kolb, Alexandra <http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/view/creators/Kolb=3AAlexandra=3A=3A.html> (2016) Wigman’s witches: Reformism, Orientalism, Nazism. Dance Research Journal, 48 (2). ISSN 0149-7677 (Accepted/In press)