What is gesture?

But what do we mean by gesture? Above all, we have abandoned the sphere of purposive means: walking not as a means for displacing the body but not as an end in itself either (aesthetic form). Dance, for example, is gesture, according to Giorgio Agamben, “because it consists entirely in supporting and exhibiting the media character of physical movement. The gesture consists in exhibiting a mediality, in rendering a means visible as such.

Hans-Thies Lehmann: Postdramatic theatre

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