Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism

Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism

by Sally Banes
     
 

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Drawing of the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpsichore in Sneakers, Sally Banes’s Writing Dancing documents the background and developments 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

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Drawing of the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpsichore in Sneakers, Sally Banes’s Writing Dancing documents the background and developments 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.

Editorial Reviews

"Impressively rich and varied . . . A very important addition to the literature of the field for graduate students in dance history, performance art history, post-modern culture and for interested undergraduates doing research in these areas."
School Library Journal
Banes (theater and drama, Univ. of Wisconsin) has been writing about dance for 20 years. Her Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance (1979) was groundbreaking in its serious treatment of contemporary, avant-garde dance, a subject she continues to investigate in this rich collection of published and unpublished pieces. Together, the offerings chart the evolution of Banes as a dance critic and the evolution of contemporary dance. They are divided into five sections and range from Ballet Sudois to Merce Cunningham and Marcel Duchamp to breakdancing to Latina choreographers. Banes's observations are ever astute and thought-provoking. Recommended for dance collections in public, academic, and special libraries.-Joan Stahl, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. Bunch, William.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819552662
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

Janice Ross
“Impressively rich and varied . . . A very important addition to the literature of the field for graduate students in dance history, performance art history, post-modern culture and for interested undergraduates doing research in these areas.”
Selma Jeanne Cohen
“Sally Banes has followed the development of postmodern dance more thoroughly than anyone. She is the person to analyze the nature and significance of this important movement”

Meet the Author

SALLY BANES is Professor of Theatre and Drama and Chair of the Dance Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has served as editor of Dance Research Journal and as a senior critic at Dance Magazine, and has published essays in numerous periodicals, including the Village Voice. Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance (Wesleyan paperback, 1987) was the first exploration of postmodern dance.

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