Moving History/Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader

Moving History/Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader

by Ann Dils
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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

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"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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819574251
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
File size:
4 MB

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Candace Feck
"Unparalleled in its diversity of material, approaches and ideas. Nowhere else can a dance educator find a selection of readings of this magnitude in any single format. An extremely important, urgently needed shift in the current accessibility of dance history scholarship."
Candace Feck, Department of Dance, Ohio State University
Tricia Henry Young
"A very significant contribution to the field of dance history. This reader will fill a widely recognized gap in the teaching material available to dance history instructors."

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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