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 Foster
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Overview


Borrowing from contemporary semiotics and post-structuralist criticism, Foster outlines four models for representation in dance which are illustrated through an analysis of the works of contemporary choreographers and through historical examples beginning with court ballets of the Renaissance.

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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