ISBN-10:
0520063333
ISBN-13:
9780520063334
Pub. Date:
04/22/1988
Publisher:
University of California Press
Reading Dancing: Bodies and Subjects in Contemporary American Dance / Edition 1

Reading Dancing: Bodies and Subjects in Contemporary American Dance / Edition 1

by Susan Leigh FosterSusan Leigh Foster
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Overview

Winner of the Dance Perspectives Foundation de la Torre Bueno Prize

Recent approaches to dance composition, seen in the works of Merce Cunningham and the Judson Church performances of the early 1960s, suggest the possibility for a new theory of choreographic meaning. Borrowing from contemporary semiotics and post-structuralist criticism, Reading Dancing outlines four distinct models for representation in dance which are illustrated, first, through an analysis of the works of contemporary choreographers Deborah Hay, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, and then through reference to historical examples beginning with court ballets of the Renaissance. The comparison of these four approaches to representation affirms the unparalleled diversity of choreographic methods in American dance, and also suggests a critical perspective from which to reflect on dance making and viewing. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520063334
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/22/1988
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations 
Preface 
CHAPTER ONE
Reading Dance: Composing the Choreographer, the Dancer, and the Viewer 
Deborah Hay 
George Balanchine 
Martha Graham 
Merce Cunningham 
Four Bodies and Subjects 
CHAPTER TWO
Reading Choreography: Composing Dances 
Frames 
Modes of Representation 
Styles 
Vocabularies 
Syntaxes 
Reading the Performance 
CHAPTER THREE
Readings in Dance's History: Historical Approaches to Dance Composition 
Allegorical Dance in the Late Renaissance 
Neoclassical Dance in the Eighteenth Century 
Expressionist Dance in the Early Twentieth Century 
Objectivist Dance from 1950 to the Present 
CHAPTER FOUR
Writing Dancing: The Viewer as Choreographer in Contemporary Dance 
The Grand Union 
Meredith Monk 
Twyla Tharp 
Writing Bodies and Subjects 
Notes 
Selected Bibliography 
Index 
 

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