Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage

Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage

by Sally Banes
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Taylor & Francis
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Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage

Taking a fresh and innovative approach to dance history, Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage examines Western dance--from the Romantic ballet to modern dance--from a feminist perspective. Renowned critic and historian Sally Banes brings nuance and complexity to a wide range of representations of gender, departing from the common positions that stress either the victimization or celebration of women.

Combining close readings of performances with analysis of the sociopolitical and cultural context of specific dances, Banes opens up dynamic new ways of seeing the female body on stage. She untangles various strands of performance, including choreographic structure and style and gaps between plot and performance. She uncovers the pervasive "marriage plot" and a wide range of women's images--including brides, mistresses, mothers, sisters, witches, wraiths, enchanted princesses, peasants, revolutionaries, cowgirls, scientists and athletes--and she shows that representations of women in dance are integrally connected to society's complex negotiations of gender. Brilliantly argued, Dancing Women reveals female dancing bodies as far more than a simple reflection of our everyday ideas about gender.

Unique in its vision, Dancing Women sets the stage for a continuing conversation on the many-faceted roles of women in dance. It is destined to become the classic book on feminist dance history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900415111620
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 The Romantic Imperial ballet: La Sylphide, Giselle, Copplia

2 The Russian Imperial ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake

3 Early Modern Dance: Fire Dance, Lily, Brahms, Waltzes, Mother, Revolutionary Etude, Radha

4 Early Modern Ballet: Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Les Noces

5 Modern Dance: Witch Dance, With My Red Fires, Rites de Passage, Night Journey

6 Modern Ballet: Jardin aux Lilas, A Wedding Bouquet, Rodeo, Agon

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