Dancing Through History / Edition 1

Dancing Through History / Edition 1

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by Joan Cass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0132043890

ISBN-13: 9780132043892

Pub. Date: 03/23/1993

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings

Setting dance within a cultural context that is both understandable and interesting, this insightful reference captures the true art form of dance and traces the activity of dance as it existed down through the ages and all over the world. Beginning with the origins of dance and moving on to what takes place on Western dance stages today, this

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Setting dance within a cultural context that is both understandable and interesting, this insightful reference captures the true art form of dance and traces the activity of dance as it existed down through the ages and all over the world. Beginning with the origins of dance and moving on to what takes place on Western dance stages today, this volume offers a sweeping overview of primitive, ethnic, and folk dance forms ... examines the major branches of Western dance art including ballet from its inception in 16th century Europe, modern dance, jazz, avant-garde, and the international eclectic contemporary scene ... tracks the repertory, technical training of performers, and creative theory of the many traditions that unify this art form ... includes discussions of significant dancers, their contributions, and the performers that inspired them; the background of period styles; pertinent ideas of major choreographers; capsule biographies of outstanding dance artists; effects of music and design on choreography; national characteristics of dance; the psychology of performers; and coverage on such concepts as Classic, Romantic, and Avant-garde to clarify trends and invoke thought on the Dance Art and society ... and makes many comparisons to current day events. Suitable for anyone involved or interested in dance history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132043892
Publisher:
Benjamin Cummings
Publication date:
03/23/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
117,063
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IWorld Overview: The Dance of Life
Prologue: A Historical Sense of Direction
1Tribal Rites1
The Life of Stone Age Man1
2Dance in Tribal Societies9
Forms of Ritual Dance9
Tribal Culture and the Modern World14
3Asian Ceremonies20
Oriental Dance, Past and Present20
4Early Mediterranean Civilizations30
Our Dancing Ancestors30
5Folk Dance Development in Medieval Europe and Today38
The Church versus Secular Dance38
Pt. IIEuropean Ballet Tours
6Noble Beginnings50
Aristocratic Entertainment 1300 to 160050
7Court Spectacles63
France, England, Italy, from the 1530s to 1640s63
8The Sun King Dances75
French Royal Ballet from 1650 to 1700s75
9Entrechats and Revolutions84
Professional Ballet 1714 to 178984
10Historical Paradoxes95
Art and Society in France from 1789 to 182095
11Romantic Ballet101
The Taglioni Influence101
12Exotic Voyages116
The Impact of Fanny Elssler116
13Giselle122
Timeless Romantic Ballet122
14Travelogue132
From Bournonville in Denmark to Coppelia in France132
15Russian Imperial Heights142
The Age of Petipa142
16Experiments in Entertainment159
Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes159
17International Regrouping180
European Ballet from 1929 to 1945180
18British Taste and Manners186
Ballet in England from 1910 to the Present186
19Reprise204
European Ballet After Four Hundred Years204
Pt. IIIDance in America
20In The Beginning210
American Dance up to the 1900s210
21Modern Dance Creations224
Isadora Duncan and Forerunners224
22Denishawn236
From Sacred Dance to Jacob's Pillow236
23German Detour246
European Modern Dance246
24Towering Genius of Psychodrama254
Martha Graham254
25Humanists270
Humphrey Weidman270
26Impressive Figures284
Tamiris, Horton and Lewitzky284
27Mid-Century Modern Dance292
Anna Sokolow and Jose Limon292
28Afro-American Dancers301
Jazz Beat301
29Revival of American Ballet315
New York City Ballet, from the 1930s to the Present315
30The Many Styles of American Ballet324
American Ballet from the 1930s to the Present324
31Bodies in Motion341
Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais341
32Movement Abstractions and Beyond355
Major Figures of the Avant-Garde355
33Epilogue: The Judgment of History367
Bibliography372
Index376

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