Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage

Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage

by Sally Banes
     
 

Dancing Women: Female Bodies Onstage is a spectacular and timely contribution to dance history, recasting canonical dance since the early nineteenth century in terms of a feminist perspective. Setting the creation of specific dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, Sally Banes shows that choreographers have created representations of women that

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Dancing Women: Female Bodies Onstage is a spectacular and timely contribution to dance history, recasting canonical dance since the early nineteenth century in terms of a feminist perspective. Setting the creation of specific dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, Sally Banes shows that choreographers have created representations of women that are shaped by - and that in part shape - society's continuing debates about sexuality and female identity.
Broad in its scope and compelling in its argument Dancing Women:

• provides a series of re-readings of the canon, from Romantic and Russian Imperial ballet to contemporary ballet and modern dance

• investigates the gaps between plot and performance that create sexual and gendered meanings

• examines how women's agency is created in dance through aspects of choreographic structure and style

• analyzes a range of women's images - including brides, mistresses, mothers, sisters, witches, wraiths, enchanted princesses, peasants, revolutionaries, cowgirls, scientists, and athletes - as well as the creation of various women's communities on the dance stage

• suggests approaches to issues of gender in postmodern dance
Using an interpretive strategy different from that of other feminist dance historians, who have stressed either victimization or celebration of women, Banes finds a much more complex range of cultural representations of gender identities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415111621
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgments
Note on transliteration
Introduction1
1The Romantic ballet: La Sylphide, Giselle, Coppelia12
2The Russian Imperial ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake42
3Early modern dance: Fire Dance, Lily, Brahms Waltzes, Mother, Revolutionary Etude, Radha66
4Early modern ballet: Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Les Noces94
5Modern dance: Witch Dance, With My Red Fires, Rites de Passage, Night Journey123
6Modern ballet: Jardin aux Lilas, A Wedding Bouquet, Rodeo, Agon168
Envoi: recent developments215
Notes232
Index272

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