Ballet and Modern Dance

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Vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring the contemporary dance world, this revised and extended edition is a comprehensive study of dance.Dance’s extraordinary range extends from classical ballet and baroque court spectacles to avant-garde modern dance, tap, and ethnic dancing. This comprehensive history covers the entire spectrum, vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring in detail the contemporary dance world.A ...

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Overview

Vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring the contemporary dance world, this revised and extended edition is a comprehensive study of dance.Dance’s extraordinary range extends from classical ballet and baroque court spectacles to avant-garde modern dance, tap, and ethnic dancing. This comprehensive history covers the entire spectrum, vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring in detail the contemporary dance world.A generous selection of illustrations completes the picture, taking the reader from the dancing of Louis XIV’s court to the experimental choreography of today.For this third edition, Philadelphia-based dance critic James Rutter has written a new introduction and a revised and extended final chapter, “Moving into the New Millennium.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500204115
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 368,871
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Au is a freelance writer and dance historian. She is a contributor to The International Encyclopedia of Dance and was the American consultant for The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Ch. 1 A Most Obedient Servant 11
Ch. 2 The Rise of Professionalism 23
Ch. 3 The Development of the Ballet d'Action 29
Ch. 4 Ascent and Descent 45
Ch. 5 Crystallization and Ferment in Russia 61
Ch. 6 First Steps towards a New Form 87
Ch. 7 'Astonish Me' 103
Ch. 8 Truly Modern 119
Ch. 9 The Decentralization of Ballet 133
Ch. 10 The Metamorphosis of Form 155
Ch. 11 A Time of Growth 175
Ch. 12 Moving into the New Century 195
Suggestions for Further Reading 217
Acknowledgments for Photographs 221
Additional Sources of Illustrations 221
Index 222
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