Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance / Edition 1

Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance / Edition 1

by Sally Banes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819561606

ISBN-13: 9780819561602

Pub. Date: 06/01/1987

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Drawing on the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpischore in Sneakers, Sally Bane’s Writing Dancing documents the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists, performances, and entire dance movements. With a sure grasp of shifting cultural dynamics, Banes shows how postmodern…  See more details below

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Drawing on the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpischore in Sneakers, Sally Bane’s Writing Dancing documents the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists, performances, and entire dance movements. With a sure grasp of shifting cultural dynamics, Banes shows how postmodern dance is integrally connected to other oppositional, often marginalized strands of dance culture, and considers how certain kinds of dance move from the margins to the mainstream.

Banes begins by considering the act of dance criticism itself, exploring its modes, methods, and underlying assumptions and examining the work of other critics. She traces the development of contemporary dance from the early work of such influential figures as Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine to such contemporary choreographers as Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage, and Michael Clark. She analyzes the contributions of the Judson Dance Theatre and the Workers’ Dance League, the emergence of Latin postmodern dance in New York, and the impact of black jazz in Russia. In addition, Banes explores such untraditional performance modes as breakdancing and the “drunk dancing” of Fred Astaire.

Ebook Edition Note: All images have been redacted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819561602
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1987
Series:
Wesleyan Paperback Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
311
Sales rank:
432,844
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface to the Wesleyan Paperback Edition
Introduction to the Wesleyan Paperback Edition
Introduction: Sources of Post-Modern Dance
Simone Forti: Dancing as if Newborn
Simone Forti, Animal Stories
Yvonne Rainer: The Aesthetics of Denial
Yvonne Rainer, Chart from “A Quasi Survey of Some ‘Minimalist’ Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity
Midst the Plethora, or an Analysis of Trio A”
Steve Paxton: Physical Things
Steve Paxton, Satisfyin Lover
Trisha Brown: Gravity and Levity
Trisha Brown, Skymap
David Gordon: The Ambiguities
David Gordon, Response
Deborah Hay: The Cosmic Dance
Deborah Hay, Excerpts from the Grand Dance
Lucinda Childs: The Act of Seeing
Lucinda Childs, Street Dance
Meredith Monk: Homemade Metaphors
Meredith Monk, Notes on the Voice
Kenneth King: Being Dancing Beings
Kenneth King, from Print-Out
Douglas Dunn: Cool Symmetries
Douglas Dunn, “Talking Dancing”
The Grand Union: The Presentation of Everyday Life as Dance
The Grand Union, Q&A
Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Notes
Index

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