Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance / Edition 1

Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance / Edition 1

by Roger Copeland, Copeland Roger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415965756

ISBN-13: 9780415965750

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Merce Cunningham and the Modernizing of Modern Dance is a complete study of the life and work of this seminal choreographer/dancer. More than just a biography, Copeland explores Cunningham's life story against a backdrop of an entire century of developments in American art. Copeland traces his own experience of Cunningham's dances-from the turbulent late '60s

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Merce Cunningham and the Modernizing of Modern Dance is a complete study of the life and work of this seminal choreographer/dancer. More than just a biography, Copeland explores Cunningham's life story against a backdrop of an entire century of developments in American art. Copeland traces his own experience of Cunningham's dances-from the turbulent late '60s through the experimental works of the '80s and '90s-showing how Cunningham moved dance away from the highly emotional, subjective work of Martha Graham to a return to a new kind of classicism. This book places Cunningham in the forefront of an artistic revolution, a revolution that has its parallels in music (John Cage, and the minimalist composers who followed him), painting (Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg), theater (the "happenings" of the '60s), and dance itself (the Judson School of dancers). An iconclastic and highly readable analysis, this book will be enjoyed by all those interested in the development of the American arts in the 20th century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415965750
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1From Graham to Cunningham: An Unsentimental Education25
2Portrait of the Artist as a Jung Man53
3Beyond the Ethos of Abstract Expressionism69
4The Limitations of Instinct85
5Contemporary Classicism: Rediscovering Ballet97
6Primitive Mysteries121
7The Sound Of Perceptual Freedom145
8Cunningham, Cage, and Collage165
9Dancing for the Digital Age183
10Rethinking the Thinking Body: The Gaze of Upright Posture205
11Modernism, Postmodernism, and Cunningham229
12Fatal Abstraction: Merce Cunningham in the age of Identity Politics247
13Dancing in the Aftermath of 9/11263
Bibliography287
Index295

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