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Modern Dance
Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh
Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
Hardcover      ISBN: 0230120407

Hijikata Tatsumi's explosive 1959 debut Forbidden Colors sparked a new genre of performance in Japan - butoh: an art form of contrasts, by turns shocking and serene. Since then, though interest has grown exponentially, and people all over the world are drawn to butoh's ability to enact paradox and contradiction, audiences are less knowledgeable about the contributions and innovations of the founder of butoh. Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh traces the rollicking history of the creation and initial maturation of butoh, and locates Hijikata's performances within the intellectual, cultural, and economic ferment of Japan from the sixties to the eighties.

Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh
Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
Paperback      ISBN: 1137579021

Hijikata Tatsumi's explosive 1959 debut Forbidden Colors sparked a new genre of performance in Japan - butoh: an art form of contrasts, by turns shocking and serene. Since then, though interest has grown exponentially, and people all over the world are drawn to butoh's ability to enact paradox and contradiction, audiences are less knowledgeable about the contributions and innovations of the founder of butoh. Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh traces the rollicking history of the creation and initial maturation of butoh, and locates Hijikata's performances within the intellectual, cultural, and economic ferment of Japan from the sixties to the eighties.

How to Do Things with Dance: Performing Change in Postwar America
How to Do Things with Dance
Performing Change in Postwar America
Paperback      ISBN: 0819568988
How American modern dance contributed to aesthetic and social change in the 1950s

Winner of the CORD Outstanding Publication Award (2012)

In postwar America, any assertion of difference from the mainstream anticommunist culture carried professional and personal risks. For this reason, modern dance artists left much of what they thought unsaid. Instead they expressed themselves in movement. How To Do Things with Dance positions modern dance as a vital critical discourse, and suggests that dances of the late 1940s and the 1950s can be seen as compelling agents of social change. Concentrating on choreographers whose artistic work conceived dance in terms of action, Rebekah J. Kowal shows how specific choreographic projects demonstrated increasing awareness of the stage as a penetrable space, one on which socially suspect or marginalized modes of being could be performed with relative impunity and exerted in the real world. Artists covered include Martha Graham, José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, and Anna Halprin.

Ebook Edition Note: All images have been redacted.
In-Between Dance Cultures: On the Migratory Artistic Identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan
In-Between Dance Cultures
On the Migratory Artistic Identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan
Paperback      ISBN: 9492095114

The work of Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (born 1976) and British-Bengali choreographer Akram Khan (born 1974), two of today's most prolific choreographers, has in many ways defined the first decade of 21st- century dance. Both choreographers have extensively discussed identity as a significant concern, and both artists have positioned themselves biographically and in practice as working between dance cultures. Critic Guy Cools, who has followed the careers of both choreographers since their emergence, explores Cherkaoui and Khan's work in this volume within larger critical debates about postmodern and post-migrant identity. Connecting the dancer's awareness and knowledge of the body to the overdetermined identity of the "migrant body," Cools offers in-depth readings of some of Cherkaoui and Khan's most iconic dance pieces as critical engagements with the choreographers' migratory experiences.

Isadora Duncan: My Life
Isadora Duncan
My Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0871403188

The visionary choreographer and dancer Isadora Duncan (1877 1927) not only revolutionized dance in the twentieth century but blazed a path for other visionaries who would follow in her wake. While many biographies have explored Duncan s crucial role as one of the founders of modern dance, no other book has proved as critical as both historical record and vivid evocation of a riveting life as her autobiography. From her early enchantment with classical music and poetry to her great successes abroad, to her sensational love affairs and headline-grabbing personal tragedies, Duncan s story is a dramatic one. My Life still stands alone as a great document, revealing the truth of her life as she understood it, without reticence or apology or compromise (New York Herald Tribune). Now, in this fully restored edition, with its risque recollections and fervent idealism, My Life can be appreciated by a new generation."

Jazz Dance Class: Beginning Thru Advanced
Jazz Dance Class
Beginning Thru Advanced
Paperback      ISBN: 0871271826

A highly illustrated reference to all aspects of jazz, this book introduces exercises, anatomical information, and standard jazz dance terminology.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done
Judson Dance Theater
The Work Is Never Done
Paperback      ISBN: 1633450635

Using ordinary movements, the Judson Dance Theater stripped dance of its theatrical conventions

Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants--Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann and Elaine Summers, among others--would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating ordinary movements--gestures typical of the street or home, for example, rather than a stage--into their work, along with games, simple tasks, and social dances to infuse their pieces with a sense of spontaneity.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done highlights the workshop's ongoing significance. The catalog charts the development of Judson, beginning with the workshops and classes led by Anna Halprin, Robert Ellis Dunn and James Waring, and exploring the influence of other figures working downtown such as Simone Forti and Andy Warhol, as well as venues for collective action like Judson Gallery and the Living Theatre. Lushly illustrated with film stills, photographic documentation, reproductions of sculptural objects, scores, music, poetry, architectural drawings and archival material, the publication celebrates the group's multidisciplinary and collaborative ethos as well as the range of its participants.

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora
Katherine Dunham
Dance and the African Diaspora
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 019026487x

One of the most important dance artists of the twentieth century, dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) created works that thrilled audiences the world over. As an African American woman, she broke barriers of race and gender, most notably as the founder of an important dance
company that toured the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia for several decades. Through both her company and her schools, she influenced generations of performers for years to come, from Alvin Ailey to Marlon Brando to Eartha Kitt. Dunham was also one of the first
choreographers to conduct anthropological research about dance and translate her findings for the theatrical stage.

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora makes the argument that Dunham was more than a dancer-she was an intellectual and activist committed to using dance to fight for racial justice. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation, as a way for people of African descent to reclaim their history
and forge a new future. She put her theories into motion not only through performance, but also through education, scholarship, travel, and choices about her own life.

Author Joanna Dee Das examines how Dunham struggled to balance artistic dreams, personal desires, economic needs, and political commitments in the face of racism and sexism. The book analyzes Dunham's multiple spheres of engagement, assessing her dance performances as a form of black feminist
protest while also presenting new material about her schools in New York and East St. Louis, her work in Haiti, and her network of interlocutors that included figures as diverse as ballet choreographer George Balanchine and Senegalese president Léopold Sédar Senghor. It traces Dunham's influence
over the course of several decades from the New Negro Movement of the 1920s to the Black Power Movement of the late 1960s and beyond.

By drawing on a vast, never-utilized trove of archival materials along with oral histories, choreographic analysis, and embodied research, Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora offers new insight about how this remarkable woman built political solidarity through the arts.
Luigi's Jazz Warm Up: An Introduction to Jazz Style & Technique
Luigi's Jazz Warm Up
An Introduction to Jazz Style & Technique
Paperback      ISBN: 0871272024

For the beginning or intermediate student of any age, this complete body warmup also provides an introduction to Luigi's lyrical jazz style. Developed over a 45 year period of teaching, Luigi's pioneering method is based on anatomically sound principles, using center and floor work exclusively. He believes that students should learn how to support and control themselves totally from within and find the feeling of using space as a barre.

Martha Graham: A special issue of the journal Choreography and Dance
Martha Graham
A special issue of the journal Choreography and Dance
Paperback      ISBN: 9057550989

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.