Reinventing Dance in the 1960s: Everything Was Possible

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The 1960s was a pivotal decade in dance, an era of intense experimentation and rich invention. In this volume an impressive range of dance critics and scholars examine the pioneering choreographers and companies of the era, such as Anna Halprin’s West Coast experiments, the innovative Judson Dance Theater, avant-garde dance subcultures in New York, the work of Meredith Monk and Kenneth King, and parallel movements in Britain. The contributors include Janice Ross, Leslie Satin, Noël Carroll, Gus Solomons jr., ...

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Overview

The 1960s was a pivotal decade in dance, an era of intense experimentation and rich invention. In this volume an impressive range of dance critics and scholars examine the pioneering choreographers and companies of the era, such as Anna Halprin’s West Coast experiments, the innovative Judson Dance Theater, avant-garde dance subcultures in New York, the work of Meredith Monk and Kenneth King, and parallel movements in Britain. The contributors include Janice Ross, Leslie Satin, Noël Carroll, Gus Solomons jr., Deborah Jowitt, Stephanie Jordan, Joan Acocella, and Sally Banes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This thoughtful collection of essays edited by Sally Banes, the preeminent historian of U.S. dance at mid-century, looks back at that tumultuous decade from a multiplicity of new perspectives."—Lynn Garafola, Barnard College
Library Journal
For this entertaining collection of 11 essays on dance in the 1960s, Banes (Marian Hannah Winter Professor of Theater History and Dance Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) recruited dancer Gus Solomons Jr., professor Noel Carroll, Village Voice writer Jill Johnston, and Mikhail Baryshnikov (who contributed the foreword), among others. Baryshnikov links the Judson Dance Theater of the 1960s with his White Oak Dance Project and the show PASTForward. The effect of Judson, the concept of defamiliarization, the sculptures of George Segal, and Andy Warhol's art are also discussed. Espousing the period's power, Banes writes, "One of the most shocking aspects of avant-garde art in the 1960s was its conspicuous use of ordinary gestures, actions, rhythms and objects." All the essays are intriguing, but this reviewer particularly enjoyed Wendy Perron's personal "One Route from Ballet to Postmodern." Some great examples of Edward Gorey's covers for Ballet Review are also included. Recommended for academic libraries with dance collections.-Barbara Kundanis, Batavia P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299180140
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Banes is the Marian Hannah Winter Professor of Theater History and Dance Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her many books include Terpsichore in Sneakers, Dancing Women, Democracy’s Body, and Greenwich Village 1963. Andrea Harris is assistant professor of dance at the UW–Madison.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
1 Gulliver's Hamburger: Defamiliarization and the Ordinary in the 1960s Avant-Garde 3
2 Anna Halprin and the 1960s: Acting in the Gap between the Personal, the Public, and the Political 24
3 James Waring and the Judson Dance Theater: Influences, Intersections, and Divergences 51
4 The Philosophy of Art History, Dance, and the 1960s 81
5 Dance Quote Unquote 98
6 Dancing in New York: The 1960s 105
7 Monk and King: The Sixties Kids 113
8 One Route from Ballet to Postmodern 137
9 Radical Discoveries: Pioneering Postmodern Dance in Britain 151
10 Ballet Review's Beginnings: An Interview with Arlene Croce 165
11 PASTForward Choreographers' Statements 193
Contributors 213
Index 219
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