Moving History/Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader / Edition 1

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This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history—particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus.

The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text.

Ebook Edition Note: Ebook edition note: Five essays have been redacted, including “The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance,” by Shawna Helland; “Epitome of Korean Folk Dance”, by Lee Kyong-Hee; “Juba and American Minstrelsy,” by Marian Hannah Winter; “The Natural Body,” by Ann Daly; and “Butoh: ‘Twenty Years Ago We Were Crazy, Dirty, and Mad’,”by Bonnie Sue Stein. Eleven of the 41 illustrations in the book have also been redacted.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Albright (dance, Oberlin Coll.; Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance) and Dils (dance, Univ. of North Carolina) have compiled an eclectic selection of articles on the world of dance, covering historical, theoretical, and international perspectives. A useful source for academic dance programs, the book includes professors, choreographers, anthropologists, and others among its contributors. "The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance" and "The Harsh and Splendid Heroines of Martha Graham" are a few representative essays in a book that places a strong emphasis on dance traditions from around the world. Conceived as an alternative to the usual photocopied packet handed out in many university dance classes, this book presents a wide assortment of material in one volume. It also makes a much-needed contribution to dance scholarship. Recommended for academic libraries and specialized collections. Barbara Kundanis, Batavia P.L., IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A useful source for academic dance programs . . . Conceived as an alternative to the usual photocopied packet handed out in many university dance classes, this book presents a wide assortment of material in one volume. It also makes a much-needed contribution to dance scholarship." —Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819564139
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 374,450
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN DILS is a professor of dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and coeditor of Dance, Place, and Identity. ANN COOPER ALBRIGHT is chair of the Dance Department at Oberlin College, coeditor of Taken by Surprise, and author of Choreographing Difference, Traces of Light, and Modern Gestures.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
First Steps: Moving into the Study of Dance History
Pt. I Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices
The Pleasures of Studying Dance History 2
Beyond Description: Writing beneath the Surface 7
Imagining Dance 12
Searching for Nijinsky's Sacre 17
Five Premises for a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Dance 30
An Anthropologist Looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance 33
The Trouble with the Male Dancer ... 44
Strategic Abilities: Negotiating the Disabled Body in Dance 56
Dancing in the Field: Notes from Memory 67
Pt. II World Dance Traditions
Looking at World Dance 92
Trance and Ecstatic Dance 97
Bharatha Natyam - What Are You? 103
Medicine of the Brave: A Look at the Changing Role of Dance in Native Culture from the Buffalo Days to the Modern Powwow 114
The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance 128
Changing Images and Shifting Identities: Female Performers in Egypt 136
Commonalties in African Dance: An Aesthetic Foundation 144
Invention and Reinvention in the Traditional Arts 152
Headspin: Capoeira's Ironic Inversions 165
Epitome of Korean Folk Dance 174
The Many Faces of Korean Dance 178
Writing Dancing 191
Beyond La Danse Noble: Conventions in Choreography and Dance Performance at the Time of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie 202
The Travesty Dancer in Nineteenth-Century Ballet 210
Interrupted Continuities: Modern Dance in Germany 218
Pt. III America Dancing
Historical Moments: Rethinking the Past 232
The Irresistible Other: Hopi Ritual Drama and Euro-American Audiences 238
Juba and American Minstrelsy 250
Dancing Out the Difference: Cultural Imperialism and Ruth St. Denis's Radha of 1906 256
Two-Stepping to Glory: Social Dance and the Rhetoric of Social Mobility 271
The Natural Body 288
Form as the Image of Human Perfectibility and Natural Order 300
The Harsh and Splendid Heroines of Martha Graham 307
The Dance Is a Weapon 315
In His Image: Diaghilev and Lincoln Kirstein 323
Stripping the Emperor: The Africanist Presence in American Concert Dance 332
Simmering Passivity: The Black Male Body in Concert Dance 342
Choreographic Methods of the Judson Dance Theater 350
Chance Heroes 362
Pt. IV Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts
Moving Contexts 370
Butoh: "Twenty Years Ago Were Crazy, Dirty, and Mad" 376
Dancing on the Endangered List: Aesthetics and Politics of Indigenous Dance in the Philippines 384
Chandralekha: Negotiating the Female Body and Movement in Cultural/Political Signification 389
Ananya and Chandralekha - A Response to "Chandralekha: Negotiating the Female Body and Movement in Cultural/Political Signification" 398
Looking at Movement as Culture: Contact Improvisation to Disco 404
10,000 Jams Later: Contact Improvisation in Canada 1974-95 414
Improvisation Is a Word for Something That Can't Keep a Name 421
Simply(?) the Doing of It, Like Two Arms Going Round and Round 427
Embodying History: Epic Narrative and Cultural Identity in African American Dance 439
A Little Technology Is a Dangerous Thing 455
Technique/Technology/Technique 459
Absent/Presence 462
About the Contributors 475
Permissions 481
Index 485
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