Dance Writings and Poetry

Dance Writings and Poetry

by Edwin Denby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300069855

ISBN-13: 9780300069853

Pub. Date: 09/10/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

Edwin Denby, who died in 1983, was the most important and influential American dance critic of this century. His reviews and essays, which he wrote for almost thirty years, were possessed of a voice, vision, and passion as compelling and inspiring as his subject. He was also a poet of distinction-a friend to Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, and John Ashbery. This book

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Edwin Denby, who died in 1983, was the most important and influential American dance critic of this century. His reviews and essays, which he wrote for almost thirty years, were possessed of a voice, vision, and passion as compelling and inspiring as his subject. He was also a poet of distinction-a friend to Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, and John Ashbery. This book presents a sampling of his reviews, essays, and poems, an exemplary collection that exhibits the elegance, lucidity, and timelessness of Denby's writings.

The volume includes Denby's reactions to choreography ranging from Martha Graham to George Balanchine to the Rockettes, as well as his reflections on such general topics as dance in film, dance criticism, and meaning in dance.Denb&ygrave;s writings are presented chronologically, and they not only provide a picture of how his dance theories and reviewing methods evolved but also give an informal history of dance in New York from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. The book-the only collection of Denby's writings currently in print-is an essential resource for students and lovers of dance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300069853
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/10/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Biographical Note xi
THE THIRTIES: AN ESSAY
1(8)
POEMS
9(24)
From In Public, in Private (1948)
9(7)
The Climate
9(1)
The Subway
9(1)
City Without Smoke
10(1)
Summer
11(1)
The Silence at Night
11(1)
First Warm Days
12(1)
Meeting in the Postoffice
12(1)
The Poison
13(1)
Irish American Song
13(1)
A Postcard
14(1)
Mid-Day Crowd
14(2)
From Mediterranean Cities (1956)
16(5)
Venice
16(1)
Rome
16(1)
Villa Adriana
17(1)
Olevano Romano
17(1)
Naples
18(1)
Sant'Angelo d'Ischia
19(1)
Syracuse
19(1)
Delos
20(1)
Ciampino Envoi
20(1)
Sonnets
21(12)
Out of the Bronx subway June forest
21(1)
Neighbor sneaks refuse to my roof
21(1)
Born in my loft, dancer untame
22(1)
Writing poems, an employee
22(1)
Alex Katz paints his north window
23(1)
The size balls are saddens Lamarck
23(1)
The grand republic's poet is
24(1)
Cold pink glowing above wakes me
24(1)
Inattentively fortunate
25(1)
Disorder, mental, strikes me; I
25(1)
Nocturnal void lower Fifth, I
26(1)
The meadow rolls slanting like the
26(1)
A fall night, September, black, cold
26(1)
New York dark in August, seaward
27(1)
In a hotelroom a madman
27(1)
At first sight, not Pollock, Kline scared
28(1)
Old age, lookit, it's stupid, a big fart
28(5)
DANCE WRITINGS
33(274)
Nijinska's Noces (1936)
33(1)
Nijinsky's Faun; Massine's Symphonie Fantastique; American Ballet Caravan (1936)
34(3)
Graham's Chronicle; Uday Shankar (1937)
37(3)
Balanchine's American Ballet (1937)
40(2)
Balanchine's Apollon; American Ballet Caravan (1938)
42(3)
Massine and the New Monte Carlo (1938)
45(3)
Ashton's Devil's Holiday (1939)
48(2)
Balanchine and Stravinsky: Poker Game and Baiser; The Monte Carlo Season (1940)
50(3)
Graham's El Penitente and Letter to the World; Balanchine's Balustrade (1941)
53(4)
Kurt Jooss; The Monte Carlo Ballet (1941)
57(3)
Ballet Theatre (1942)
60(2)
Isadora Reconsidered; Graham's Punch and the Judy Revisited (1942)
62(3)
Tudor's Dark Elegies; Swan Lake (1942)
65(1)
Massine's Aleko (1942)
66(1)
Balanchine and Tchaikovsky: Ballet Imperial (1943)
66(4)
Notes on Nijinsky Photographs (1943)
70(6)
Markova's Dance Rhythm; Tudor's Romeo and Juliet (1943)
76(3)
Massine's Capriccio Espagnol; De Mille's Three Virgins; Giselle (1943)
79(2)
Tudor and Pantomime (1943)
81(2)
On Meaning in Dance (1943)
83(2)
Ballet Technique (1943)
85(1)
The Dance in Film (1943)
86(3)
Flight of the Dancer (1943)
89(4)
About Toe Dancing (1943)
93(2)
How to Judge a Dancer (1943)
95(2)
Tudor's Lilac Garden; Lichine's Helen of Troy (1943)
97(2)
Argentinita's Pictures of Goya; Tudor's Judgment of Paris (1943)
99(1)
The de Mille "Touch" (1943)
99(2)
Billy the Kid and Its Dance Faults (1943)
101(2)
Some Faults of Ballet Theatre (1943)
103(3)
Anna Sokolow (1943)
106(1)
Graham's Deaths and Entrances and Salem Shore (1943)
107(2)
Deaths and Entrances Revisited (1944)
109(2)
The Rockettes and Rhythm (1944)
111(1)
Humphrey's Inquest (1944)
112(2)
A Note on Dance Intelligence (1944)
114(1)
A Forum on Dance Criticism (1944)
115(2)
Merce Cunningham (1944)
117(1)
Serenade (1944)
118(1)
A Monte Carlo Matinee (1944)
119(1)
Fancy Free (1944)
119(1)
Pearl Primus (1944)
120(1)
Dark Elegies (1944)
121(1)
A Tribute to Youskevitch (1944)
122(1)
Markova's Giselle: Ballet Theatre's Glory (1944)
123(1)
Where Are the New Serious Ballets? (1944)
124(1)
Graham's American Document and Primitive Mysteries (1944)
125(1)
A Ballet Lover's View of Martha Graham (1944)
126(2)
Balanchine's Danses Concertantes (1944)
128(2)
Coppelia Tells the Facts of Life (1944)
130(1)
Pearl Primus on Broadway (1944)
131(1)
Ballerina Trouble at Ballet Theatre? (1944)
132(2)
Riabouchinska and Toumanova (1944)
134(1)
Toumanova in Giselle (1944)
135(1)
Toumanova's Show (1944)
136(1)
A Fault in Ballet Theatre's Dancing (1944)
137(2)
Toumanova and Dolin at Ballet Theatre (1944)
139(1)
Ballet International at Two Weeks (1944)
140(1)
About Ballet Decoration (1944)
141(2)
Meaning in The Nutcracker (1944)
143(3)
Deaths and Entrances (1945)
146(1)
Ballet Imperial (1945)
147(1)
Balanchine's Mozartiana (1945)
148(2)
Coppelia: Ballet's Masterpiece of Comedy (1945)
150(1)
Balanchine's Pas de Deux (1945)
151(1)
Balanchine: Ballet Magician (1945)
152(2)
Massine's Moonlight Sonata (1945)
154(1)
Markova at Ballet Theatre (1945)
155(1)
Tudor's Undertow (1945)
156(2)
The Toumanova Problem (1945)
158(2)
Ballet Theatre's Season (1945)
160(3)
Graham's Herodiade (1945)
163(2)
Appalachian Spring and Herodiade a Second Time (1945)
165(1)
Concerto Barocco (1945)
166(2)
To Argentinita (1945)
168(2)
Apollo: The Power of Poetry (1945)
170(1)
Alonso and Eglevsky in Giselle (1945)
171(1)
Apollo (1945)
172(3)
Robbins's Interplay (1945)
175(1)
Markova's Failing (1945)
176(2)
Ballet Theatre in Decline...and a Farewell (1945)
178(2)
Wigman After the War (ca. 1947)
180(1)
Ashton's Cinderella (1949)
181(7)
Against Meaning in Ballet (1949)
188(4)
Dance Criticism (1949)
192(11)
An Open Letter About the Paris Opera Ballet (1950)
203(6)
A Letter About Ulanova (1951)
209(3)
A Letter About Ulanova and the Royal Danish Ballet (1951)
212(4)
A Letter on New York City's Ballet (1952)
216(16)
Impressions of Markova at the Met (1952)
232(3)
Some Thoughts About Classicism and George Balanchine (1953)
235(8)
Stars of the Russian Ballet: A Film Review (1954)
243(4)
Western Symphony and Ivesiana (1954)
247(5)
Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Streets (1954)
252(8)
Romeo and Juliet: A Film Review (1956)
260(4)
Three Sides of Agon (1959)
264(7)
The Bolshoi at the Met (1959-60)
271(5)
Martha at Sixty-Eight (1961)
276(1)
Balanchine Choreographing (1962)
277(11)
Forms in Motion and in Thought (1965)
288(18)
Dance Magazine Award Acceptance Speech (1966)
306(1)
Bibliography of Denby's Writings 307(2)
Index 309

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