Archives, heritage and (re)creation

To question the role of the archive in dance is to question the very meaning of this art form so rooted in the present and in reality. While artists in previous centuries were particularly keen to make their works stand out, today's contemporary artists are beginning to draw from their heritage – real or imaginary – to (re)create works of the past. What does this exploration of our memories tell us about our world today? What can we learn from our heritage and the history of the world?