Sara Holwerda
“CHAIR DANCE (ADAGIO)”
June 1, 2013

As a conventional element of cabaret, burlesque and striptease performances, the chair signifies the body of the male spectator. A classic chair dance places the female performer in a sexualized relationship with the chair, and through her movements, she models a set of cultural expectations about the female body and how it should function in heterosexual relationships. Most saliently, the woman is performing for the pleasure of the man, moving in ways that are objectifying her and making her physically vulnerable.
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