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Modern Dance
Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice
Dance Matters in Ireland
Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice
Hardcover      ISBN: 3319667386

This book addresses the need for critical scholarship about contemporary dance practices in Ireland. Bringing together key voices from a new wave of scholarship to examine recent practice and research in the field of contemporary dance, it examines the excitingly diverse range of choreographers and works that are transforming Ireland's performance landscape. The first section provides a chronologically-ordered collection of critical essays to ground the reader in some of the most important issues currently at play in contemporary dance in Ireland. The second section then provides an interrogation of individual choreographers' processes. The book traces new choreographic work and trends through a broad array of topics, including somatics in performance, screendance, cultural trauma, dance archives, affect studies, feminist perspectives, choreographic process, the dancer's voice, interdisciplinarity, and pedagogical paradigms.

Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice
Dance Matters in Ireland
Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 3319883097

This book addresses the need for critical scholarship about contemporary dance practices in Ireland. Bringing together key voices from a new wave of scholarship to examine recent practice and research in the field of contemporary dance, it examines the excitingly diverse range of choreographers and works that are transforming Ireland's performance landscape. The first section provides a chronologically-ordered collection of critical essays to ground the reader in some of the most important issues currently at play in contemporary dance in Ireland. The second section then provides an interrogation of individual choreographers' processes. The book traces new choreographic work and trends through a broad array of topics, including somatics in performance, screendance, cultural trauma, dance archives, affect studies, feminist perspectives, choreographic process, the dancer's voice, interdisciplinarity, and pedagogical paradigms.

Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves
Dance Theatre in Ireland
Revolutionary Moves
Hardcover      ISBN: 1137035471

This volume brings together twelve papers by linguists and philosophers contributing novel empirical and formal considerations to theorizing about vagueness. Three main issues are addressed: gradable expressions and comparison, the semantics of degree adverbs and intensifiers (such as 'clearly'), and ways of evading the sorites paradox.

Dance, Modernity and Culture
Dance, Modernity and Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0415087945

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Dancer's World, 1920 - 1945: Modern Dancers and Their Practices Reconsidered
The Dancer's World, 1920 - 1945
Modern Dancers and Their Practices Reconsidered
Hardcover      ISBN: 1137439203

The Dancer's World 1920-1945 focuses on modern dancers as they saw themselves. Five chapters describe a narrative arc that encompasses Europe and the USA with a focus between 1920 and 1945. A final chapter considers contemporary relevance for dancers, dance artists, choreographers, dance students and scholars alike.

Dancing Modernism / Performing Politics
Dancing Modernism / Performing Politics
Paperback      ISBN: 0253209471

. . . almost every page offers provocative commentary on the aesthetics and politics of modern dance. --Signs

. . . [an] important step . . . in the ineluctable dance by postmodern historians across a bridge that spans the gaps among disciplines, between theory and practice, and betweeen present and past. --Theatre Journal

This complex and important book needs to be read by anyone interested in dance history or the cultural politics of dance. --Dance Theatre Journal

Mark Franko's Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics is challenging, groundbreaking, insightful, and, I believe, an important contribution to the field of dance scholarship. --Dance Research Journal

A revisionary account of the evolution of modern dance in which Mark Franko calls for a historicization of aesthetics that considers the often-ignored political dimension of expressive action. Includes an appendix of articles of left-wing dance theory, which flourished during the 1930s.

Days on Earth: The Dance of Doris Humphrey
Days on Earth
The Dance of Doris Humphrey
Paperback      ISBN: 0822313464

Now available in paperback, Days on Earth--originally published in 1988 (Yale University Press)--traces the dance career and artistic development of one of the founders of American modern dance. In this biography of dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, Marcia B. Siegel follows Humphrey's career from her days with the Denishawn Company (among fellos students like Martha Graham) to her creative partnership with Charles Weidman to her tenure as artistic director of prot g Jos Limon's dance company. Siegel's reconsideration and description of Humphrey's dances, including many that are no longer performed, sheds important light on this pathbreaking dancer/choreographer.

Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts
Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance
Dance and Other Contexts
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313296847

This ground-breaking work brings dance into current discussions of the African presence in American culture. Dixon Gottschild argues that the Africanist aesthetic has been invisibilized by the pervasive force of racism. This book provides evidence to correct and balance the record, investigating the Africanist presence as a conditioning factor in shaping American performance, onstage and in everyday life. She examines the Africanist presence in American dance forms particularly in George Balanchine's Americanized style of ballet, (post)modern dance, and blackface minstrelsy. Hip hop culture and rap are related to contemporary performance, showing how a disenfranchised culture affects the culture in power.

European Dance since 1989: Communitas and the Other
European Dance since 1989
Communitas and the Other
Paperback      ISBN: 0415832136

This edited collection charts the development of contemporary dance in Central and Eastern Europe since the literal and symbolic revolutions of 1989.

Central Europe and the former Soviet Bloc countries were a major presence in dance - particularly theatrical dance - throughout the twentieth century. With the fragmentation of traditional structures in the final decade of the century came a range of aesthetic and ideological responses from dance practitioners. These ranged from attempts to reform classical ballet to struggles for autonomy from the state, and the nature of each was influenced by a set of contexts and circumstances particular to each country.

Each contribution covers the strategies of a different country's dance practitioners, using a similar structure in order to invite comparisons. In general, they address:

  • Historical context, showing the roots of contemporary dance forms
  • The socio-political climates that influenced emerging companies and forms
  • The relationships between aesthetic exploration and institutional patronage
  • The practitioners who were central to the development of dance in each country
  • A diagnosis of the current state of the art and how it has come about

The book's main through-line is the concept of community, and how all of the different approaches that it documents have in some way engaged with this notion, consciously or otherwise. This can take the form of oppositional relationships, institutional formations, or literally, in identifiable communities of dancers and choreographers.

Hijikata: Revolt of the Body
Hijikata
Revolt of the Body
Paperback      ISBN: 098204643x

Hijikita: Revolt of the Body examines the life and work of Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-86), who invented a revolutionary performance art and dance known as Ankoku Butoh, or "Dance of Darkness." The Butoh style of performance and movement premiered in Japan in 1959 and developed in subsequent years in response to the student riots and the 1960s protest movement. Hijikata is the supreme figure in the last half-century of Japan's experimental culture, and he remains a seminal and inspirational presence for Japanese artists, choreographers, film-makers, musicians, and writers.

Based on extended interviews with Hijikata's family and all of his surviving collaborators, this is the only book to focus exclusively on Hijikata and his work, including his interest in European art and figures such as Genet, Artaud, Sade, and Lautr amont, as well as the Japanese Surrealist movement. It also provides a unique, in-depth analysis of Japanese avant-garde culture of the 1960s--including film, visual art, and literature--in direct relation to Hijikata's performance pieces.

Butoh and Hijikata's performance art continue to grow in popularity and appreciation around the world, and this text is the definitive study of Hijikata and his radical art.

"A brilliant and illuminating study of Hijikata and the Japanese avant-garde"--Donald Richie