Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theatre, 1962–1964 / Edition 1

Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theatre, 1962–1964 / Edition 1

by Sally Banes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822313995

ISBN-13: 9780822313991

Pub. Date: 10/19/1993

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Democracy's Body offers a lively, detailed account of the beginnings of the Judson Dance Theater—a popular center of dance experimentation in New York's Greenwich Village—and its place in the larger history of the avant-garde art scene of the 1960s. JDT started when Robert Dunn, a student of John Cage, offered a dance composition class in Merce

Overview

Democracy's Body offers a lively, detailed account of the beginnings of the Judson Dance Theater—a popular center of dance experimentation in New York's Greenwich Village—and its place in the larger history of the avant-garde art scene of the 1960s. JDT started when Robert Dunn, a student of John Cage, offered a dance composition class in Merce Cunningham's studio. The performers—many of whom included some of the most prominent figures in the arts in the early sisties—found a welcome performance home in the Judson Memorial Church in the Village. Sally Banes's account draws on interviews, letters, diaries, films, and reconstructions of dances to paint a portrait of the rich culture of Judson, which was the seedbed for postmodern dance and the first avant-garde movement in dance theater since the modern dance of the 1930s and 1940s. Originally published in 1983, this edition brings back into print a highly regarded work of dance history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313991
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/19/1993
Series:
Studies in the Fine Arts: The Avant-Gard
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
1 Robert Dunn's Workshop,
2 "A Concert of Dance" at Judson Church,
3 The Judson Workshop,
4 The Plot Thickens,
5 Dance in the Sanctuary and in the Theater,
6 From Great Collective to Bus Stop,
Notes,
Illustrations,
Bibliography,
Index,

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