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A Study on the Femme-Fatal Image Shown in Modern Dance of the Early 20th Century

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2004, 14(14), pp.167-210
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance

ji-won Lee 1

1이화여자대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Femme-fatal as a sensual existence advent in late 19th century, infers that sexual desire of man comparable to the thing can not be excluded. Therefore, the feminity of femme-fatal signifies the group illusion of male's point of view which reflects the distorted concept of man and lack of true understanding to the woman. It implies that the distortion of feminity is caused by man's sexual depressed thought. This study shows three results which demonstrate the characteristics of femme-fatal performed in 20th century dance. First, the extension of concept of the woman gender, which provides the basis to escape the limited concept which is established for the woman. Second, expression of intention for the 'induction of looking' which means the producer induces the man's point of view with his will. Third, the recovery as an independent which imply that different from artist or novelist, woman choreographer can reflect the image that is cleverly distorted woman image by the customized man's fixed thought. It transform the woman's image to the independent one which do not need the man's help or acceptance. Although femme-fatal advent in the world as the adversed image at the first, with the re-interpretation by 20th woman choreographer can provide the chance to consider the present situation that the man's violence and depression was existed. With that awareness we can reveal the real male ideology which is covered by illusion of man and propose that the real female sex have to be defined again by woman choreographer to provide right image of woman. This study presents the possibility to disarm the taboo of femme-fatal woman image.

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