Dance of Death

Author: Suzanne Walther
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134357307
Release Date: 2013-11-05

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

Preserving Dance Across Time and Space

Author: Lynn Matluck Brooks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134906383
Release Date: 2016-05-06
Genre: Performing Arts

Dance is the art least susceptible to preservation since its embodied, kinaesthetic nature has proven difficult to capture in notation and even in still or moving images. However, frameworks have been established and guidance made available for keeping dances, performances, and choreographers’ legacies alive so that the dancers of today and tomorrow can experience and learn from the dances and dancers of the past. In this volume, a range of voices address the issue of dance preservation through memory, artistic choice, interpretation, imagery and notation, as well as looking at relevant archives, legal structures, documentation and artefacts. The intertwining of dance preservation and creativity is a core theme discussed throughout this text, pointing to the essential continuity of dance history and dance innovation. The demands of preservation stretch across time, geographies, institutions and interpersonal connections, and this book focuses on the fascinating web that supports the fragile yet urgent effort to sustain our dancing heritage. The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts.

Literature Modernism and Dance

Author: Susan Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199565320
Release Date: 2013-08-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

The book identifies a complex reciprocal relationship between literature and dance in the modernist period. An unprecedented dialogue between the two art forms took place based on contemporary discussions of the body and gender, language, formal experimentation, primitivism, anthropology, and modern technologies such as photography, film, and mechanisation. By examining the work of writers such as Yeats, Woolf, Eliot, Pound, Lawrence, and Beckett in relation tothe choreography of the Ballets Russes, early British ballet, and European and American modern dance, the book traces the origins of this relationship in the nineteenth century and examines experimentation in both art forms up to the first half of the twentieth century. The book illustrates theimportant but often neglected transmissions and negotiations between these art forms at a time of intense experimentation and transatlantic exchange.

The Dance

Author: Joan Cass
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786422319
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts

In dance, the choreographer creates, the dancer performs and the viewer observes. This work is a handbook for the viewer. By presenting historical and artistic perspectives of dance, dance events are made more approachable and appreciation for the art form is heightened. The choreographic components of body language, content, structure, music, design and interpretation are included. Also discussed is the development of critical reaction over time. Examples are drawn from Western theatrical dance and worldwide cultural variations. Terms are explained throughout the text, and an extensive bibliography gives sources in print and on tape for further study.

The Trash Phenomenon

Author: Stacey Michele Olster
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820324841
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Trash Phenomenon looks at how writers of the late twentieth century not only have integrated the events, artifacts, and theories of popular culture into their works but also have used those works as windows into popular culture's role in the process of nation building. Taking her cue from Donald Barthelme's 1967 portrayal of popular culture as "trash" and Don DeLillo's 1997 description of it as a subversive "people's history," Stacey Olster explores how literature recycles American popular culture so as to change the nationalistic imperative behind its inception. The Trash Phenomenon begins with a look at the mass media's role in the United States' emergence as the twentieth century's dominant power. Olster discusses the works of three authors who collectively span the century bounded by the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Persian Gulf War (1991): Gore Vidal's American Chronicle series, John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy, and Larry Beinhart's American Hero. Olster then turns her attention to three non-American writers whose works explore the imperial sway of American popular culture on their nation's value systems: hierarchical class structure in Dennis Potter's England, Peronism in Manuel Puig's Argentina, and Nihonjinron consensus in Haruki Murakami's Japan. Finally, Olster returns to American literature to look at the contemporary media spectacle and the representative figure as potential sources of national consolidation after November 1963. Olster first focuses on autobiographical, historical, and fictional accounts of three spectacles in which the formulae of popular culture are shown to bypass differences of class, gender, and race: the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Scarsdale Diet Doctor murder, and the O. J. Simpson trial. She concludes with some thoughts about the nature of American consolidation after 9/11.

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

Author: Alexandra Carter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135173487
Release Date: 2010-02-25
Genre: Performing Arts

Represents the range and diversity of writings on dance from the mid-to-late twentieth century, providing contemporary perspectives on ballet, modern dance, postmodern 'movement performance' jazz and ethnic dance.

What is Dance

Author: Roger Copeland
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195031973
Release Date: 1983
Genre: History

Essays explore the nature of the art of dance, discuss the development of dancing styles, and examine the role of dance in society

Dance on the Volcano

Author: Marie Vieux-Chauvet
Publisher: Archipelago
ISBN: 9780914671589
Release Date: 2017-01-10
Genre: Fiction

Dance on the Volcano tells the story of two sisters growing up during the Haitian Revolution in a culture that swings heavily between decadence and poverty, sensuality and depravity. One sister, because of her singing ability, is able to enter into the white colonial society otherwise generally off limits to people of color. Closely examining a society sagging under the white supremacy of the French colonist rulers, Dance on the Volcano is one of only novels to closely depict the seeds and fruition of the Haitian Revolution, tracking an elaborate hierarchy of skin color and class through the experiences of two young women. It is a story about hatred and fear, love and loss, and the complex tensions between colonizer and colonized, masterfully translated by Kaiama L. Glover. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Home Remedies

Author: Martin Pops
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 0870234498
Release Date: 1984
Genre: Art

Essays discuss French painters, classical mythology, English novelists, American despair, dance, and the nature of art.

How to Make Dances in an Epidemic

Author: David Gere
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299200831
Release Date: 2004-09-15
Genre: Performing Arts

David Gere, who came of age as a dance critic at the height of the AIDS epidemic, offers the first book to examine in depth the interplay of AIDS and choreography in the United States, specifically in relation to gay men. The time he writes about is one of extremes. A life-threatening medical syndrome is spreading, its transmission linked to sex. Blame is settling on gay men. What is possible in such a highly charged moment, when art and politics coincide? Gere expands the definition of choreography to analyze not only theatrical dances but also the protests conceived by ACT-UP and the NAMES Project AIDS quilt. These exist on a continuum in which dance, protest, and wrenching emotional expression have become essentially indistinguishable. Gere offers a portrait of gay male choreographers struggling to cope with AIDS and its meanings.

Treading Through

Author: Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz
Publisher: UP Press
ISBN: 9715425097
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

A reader in Philippine dance, observed through forty-five years of viewing, reviewing, and doing. It is one observer's understanding of what, where, and how dance, and who makes it and why we dance.

Postmodern Feminist and Postcolonial Currents in Contemporary Japanese Culture

Author: Fuminobu Murakami
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134246236
Release Date: 2006-02-01
Genre: History

Using the Euro-American theoretical framework of postmodernism, feminism and post-colonialism, this book analyses the fictional and critical work of four contemporary Japanese writers; Murakami Haruki, Yoshimoto Banana, Yoshimoto Takaaki and Karatani Kojin. In addition the author reconsiders this Euro-American theory by looking back on it from the perspective of Japanese literary work. Presenting outstanding analysis of Japanese intellectuals and writers who have received little attention in the West, the book also includes an extensive and comprehensive bibliography making it essential reading for those studying Japanese literature, Japanese studies and Japanese thinkers.

Dance Spectacle and the Body Politick 1250 1750

Author: Jennifer Nevile
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253351531
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Music

From the mid-13th to the mid-18th century the ability to dance was an important social skill for both men and women. Dance performances were an integral part of court ceremonies and festivals and, in the 17th and 18th centuries, of commercial theatrical productions. Whether at court or in the public theater danced spectacles were multimedia events that required close collaboration among artists, musicians, designers, engineers, and architects as well as choreographers. In order to fully understand these practices, it is necessary to move beyond a consideration of dance alone, and to examine it in its social context. This original collection brings together the work of 12 scholars from the disciplines of dance and music history. Their work presents a picture of dance in society from the late medieval period to the middle of the 18th century and demonstrates how dance practices during this period participated in the intellectual, artistic, and political cultures of their day.