Choreography Observed

Choreography Observed

by Jack Anderson

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ISBN-13: 9781587290060
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Renowned for his dance criticism, Jack Anderson has written for such leading dance publications s the New York Times, Dancing Times, and Dance Magazine. He is author of Art Without Boundaries (IOWA), Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History, and The American Dance Festival, among others.

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction and Acknowledgments
One
Thinking about Choreography
Confessions of a Choreography-Watcher
Will Choreography Ever Be Respected as an Art Form?
Idealists, Materialists, and the Thirty-Two Fouettes
Why Doesn't the Prince Stay to Watch Aurora Dance?

Two
Out of the Past
The World of Eighteenth-Century Dance Comes Back to Life
Staging the Classics Is Not So Simple as It Seems
The Great World and the Small: Refletions on the Bournonville Festival
Fokine The Undervalued Revolutionary
Legends in the Flesh
Joffrey Brings Back Its Faune
Massine's Parade
Nijinska's Les Noces
Annabelle Gamson as Isadora
When Ballroom Dances Take to the Stage

Three
Some Contemporary Masters
The Glorious Unpredictability of George Balanchine
By Any Name, It's Still an Imperial Ballet
Balanchine's Schumann
The View from the House Opposite: Some Aspects of Tudor
Party Manners and Fredrick Ashton
A Month in the Country
Robbins's New Ballet May Mean Many Things
Some Personal Grumbles about Martha Graham
A Heady Season
Dances about Everything and Dances about Some Things
Moments Called Now

Four
Ballet Makers
Grigorovich and the Bolshoi
Talking to Myself about Eliot Feld
Neumeier in Hamburg
Kylian and Netherlands Dance Theatre

Five
The Ever-Modern
Paul Taylor: Surface and Substance
Taylor's Rites
Ailey's Flowers
Judson Revivals: A Festival Benefit
Yvonne Rainer: The Puritan as Hedonist
Steve Paxton's Improvisations
The Changing Faces of Twyla Tharp
Trisha Brown's Minimalism
New Dances That Made Audiences Think
Patterns and Spinning Are Only Part of It
How Not to Get Trapped in a Choreographic Rut
Some of Her Choreographic Brainchildren Are Real Brats
Dana Reitz Performs

Six
Images in Action
Parades and Changes
Initiations and Transformations
Monk's Inimitable Images
Lazarus, a Multimedia Event
Phoebe Neville's Enigmas
Three Views of Orpheus
Plotless Dance-Drama That Deals in Emotions
Pina Bausch's Hippo
Kei Takei
Eiko and Koma Control Time
How Avant-Garde Works Resemble Romantic Classics

Seven
Problems and Prospects
Classics Comics
The Rise of the Male Ensemble
Is Ballet Diluting Modern Dance?
Balanchine's Choreographic Influence: Pluses and Minuses
New Is Not Always Better
An Essay on Dance Criticism
Index

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