Is Dance Performance Art?

I wrote a piece about LACE’s exhibition, Los Angeles Goes Live, for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time blog. As I was clicking on my keyboard, I started thinking about performance art, and how I wish more performance art included dance. Or better yet, is dance itself performance art? I have never considered this question before this week, so hopefully, it will plant some seeds for future answers. LACE is commissioning one work by Ulysses Jenkins called Black Gold Fever on Oct. 13, which does feature dance. Maybe I should look into LACE’s list of events for more that include dance. But my gut tells me I want more. More dance, please! Which makes me think if the Getty is including performance art in PST, maybe dance could have been factored in. Or maybe it will be next time.

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