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

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

by Sally Banes, Sally Banes, Banes
     
 

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

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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.

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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
Sales rank:
604,727
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Robert Dunn's Workshop1
2"A Concert of Dance" at Judson Church35
3The Judson Workshop71
4The Plot Thickens107
5Dance in the Sanctuary and in the Theater131
6From Great Collective to Bus Stop165
Notes215
Illustrations247
Bibliography257
Index263

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