No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century

No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century

by Nancy Reynolds, Malcolm McCormick
     
 

This book chronicles one hundred years of dramatic developments in ballet, modern, and experimental dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. The volume is magisterial in scope, encompassing the history of theatrical dance from 1900 through 2000. Beginning with turn-of-the-century dancer-choreographers like Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Michel Fokine, and… See more details below

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This book chronicles one hundred years of dramatic developments in ballet, modern, and experimental dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. The volume is magisterial in scope, encompassing the history of theatrical dance from 1900 through 2000. Beginning with turn-of-the-century dancer-choreographers like Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Michel Fokine, and a bit later Vaslav Nijinsky, and proceeding through the profusion of dance styles performed today, the book provides an unparalleled view of dance in performance as it changed and grew in the twentieth century. Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick set dance in broader cultural and historical contexts, examine specific dance works, and explore the contributions of outstanding choreographers, performers, visual artists, impresarios, composers, critics, and other figures. They discuss the breakaway barefoot dance of the early 1900s and demonstrate its links with later forms and styles. With unusual detail, fascinating illustrations, and wide-ranging insights, this book is an indispensable guide to the transformations in the dance scene of the twentieth century."There is simply no other history of twentieth-century dance that is as detailed, comprehensive, and readable as No Fixed Points. Much thought has gone into it, along with prodigious research."-Lynn Garafola, co-editor of The Ballets Russes and Its World

Author Biography: Nancy Reynolds is director of research for the George Balanchine Foundation and a former member of the New York City Ballet. She has written widely about ballet and modern dance and is the author of Repertory in Review, among other books. Malcolm McCormick is a former professional dancer and costume designer who was a member of the dance faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, and guest lecturer at other universities for many years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093667
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
928
Sales rank:
605,476
Product dimensions:
7.79(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1New Dance: America's Pioneers (1900-1940)1
2Experimentalism in Ballet: Diaghilev, Fokine, and the Russian Legacy (1900-1930s)33
3Modernism Revealed: Ausdruckstanz, the Dance of Expression (1910-1945)77
4Ballet Comes to America (1900-1940s)106
5America After Denishawn: The Heroic Age of Modern Dance (1920-1940s)141
6Ballet in Western Europe: The Rise of National Traditions (1900-1960s)178
7A World Apart: Dance in Russia and the Soviet Union (1900-1960s)238
8Ballet in America Comes of Age (1935-1965)265
9Modern Dance: The Second Generation (1935-1980s)319
10Schism and Transition: Reinterpreting Modern Dance (1940s-2000)354
11Beyond the Boundaries: Postmodernism (1960-1980)393
12Internationalism: The Merging of the Disciplines (1950-2000)424
13Ballet Rising (1960-1990s)493
14Ballet's High Tide (1960s-2000)532
15Late Modernism: Pluralism and the Ascendancy of Style (1960s-2000)605
16Musical Theater in America (1900-2000)674
17Dance in the Movies (1900-2000)708
Notes745
Index851
Photo Credits905

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