The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

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Alexandra Carter, Jens Giersdorf, Yutian Wong
Psychology Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 316 pages
The Routledge Dance Studies Reader represents the range and diversity of writings from the 1980s and 1990s, providing contemporary perspectives on ballet, modern dance, postmodern 'movement performance' jazz, South Asian dance and Black dance.
In an enlightening introduction, Alexandra Carter traces the development of dance studies internationally and surveys current debates about the methods and methodologies appropriate to the study of dance. The collection is divided into five sections, each with an editorial preface, and featuring contributions by choreographers, performers, critics and scholars of dance and related disciplinary fields. The sections address:
* choreographing
* performing
* writing criticism
* the place of dance in history and society
* analysing dance works
Includes selections by: Joan Acocella, Ramsey Burt, Arlene Croce, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Lynn Garafola, Shobana Jeyasingh, Ted Polhemus and Yvonne Rainer.
 

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Contents

PART I
19
PART II
53
Dancers talking about performance
57
A dancing consciousness
72
PART III
89
Oh That Pineapple Rag
108
What is art?
125
Dance history source materials
144
Choreographing history
180
PARTV
193
Diaghilevs cultivated audience
214
meaning
230
formalism and semiotics reconsidered
241
Germany before Hitler
259
some preliminary observations
278
Bibliography
294

An introduction to dance analysis
163

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