Summary Book Review Dancing in the English style by Allison Abra:
Download or read book Dancing in the English style written by Allison Abra and published by Manchester University Press. This book was released on 2017-04-30 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Dancing in the English style explores the development, experience, and cultural representation of popular dance in Britain from the end of the First World War to the early 1950s. It describes the rise of modern ballroom dancing as Britain's predominant popular style, as well as the opening of hundreds of affordable dancing schools and purpose-built dance halls. It focuses in particular on the relationship between the dance profession and dance hall industry and the consumers who formed the dancing public. Together these groups negotiated the creation of a 'national' dancing style, which constructed, circulated, and commodified ideas about national identity. At the same time, the book emphasizes the global, exploring the impact of international cultural products on national identity construction, the complexities of Americanisation, and Britain's place in a transnational system of production and consumption that forged the dances of the Jazz Age.
Summary Book Review Leonide Massine and the 20th Century Ballet by Leslie Norton:
Download or read book Leonide Massine and the 20th Century Ballet written by Leslie Norton and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-11-18 with total page 380 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The great Russian choreographer Leonide Massine was the most important figure in modernist ballet in the 1930s, known for works such as Gaite Parisienne and The Three-Cornered Hat. His versatility and scope made his choreography the most representative of the century. Whatever period he portrayed, his style flowed freely and unselfconsciously. His character ballets dealt not with stereotypes but individuals, and his symphonic ballets proved how great music could be employed without demeaning it. Like his mentor Diaghilev, he strove to bring music, painting, and poetry to his ballets. Massine was responsible for the first resolutely abstract ballet and the first true fusions of ballet and modern dance. This work provides a biography of Massine and a detailed analysis of his major ballets, including those for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and American Ballet Theatre. The work integrates biographical study with an examination of Massine's works from an array of perspectives. By examining the music and composers, set design, and literary sources, it places the work in the larger context of the dance, opera, major visual art movements, literature and theater of the period. Analyses of ballets include synopses, scenery and costumes, music, choreography, critical survey and summary. The work concludes with an epilogue summarizing Massine's impact on the development of ballet in the twentieth century, and includes both informal and performance photographs.
Summary Book Review Fifty Contemporary Choreographers by Martha Bremser:
Download or read book Fifty Contemporary Choreographers written by Martha Bremser and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2011-03-15 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A unique and authoritative guide to the lives and work of prominent living contemporary choreographers. Representing a wide range of dance genres, each entry locates the individual in the context of modern dance theatre and explores their impact. Those studied include: Jerome Bel Richard Alston Doug Varone William Forsythe Phillippe Decoufle Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Ohad Naharin Itzik Gallili Twyla Tharp Wim Vandekeybus With a new, updated introduction by Deborah Jowitt and further reading and references throughout, this text is an invaluable resource for all students and critics of dance, and all those interested in the fascinating world of choreography.
Author :Thomas F. DeFrantz Publisher :Oxford University Press, USA Release Date :2006 ISBN 10 :0195301714 Pages :300 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.9/5 (53 users download)
Summary Book Review Dancing Revelations by Thomas F. DeFrantz:
Download or read book Dancing Revelations written by Thomas F. DeFrantz and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2006 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: He also addresses concerns about how dance performance is documented, including issues around spectatorship and the display of sexuality, the relationship of Ailey's dances to civil rights activism, and the establishment and maintenance of a successful, large-scale Black Arts institution."--Jacket.
Summary Book Review Albion's Dance by Karen Eliot:
Download or read book Albion's Dance written by Karen Eliot and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2016-08-01 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When the Second World War broke out, ballet in Britain was only a few decades old. Few had imagined that it would establish roots in a nation long thought to be unresponsive to dance. Nevertheless, the war proved to be a boon for ballet dancers, choreographers and audiences, for the nation's dancers were forced to look inward to their own identity and sources of creativity. As author Karen Eliot demonstrates in this fascinating book, instead of withering during the enforced isolation of war, ballet in Britain flourished, exhibiting a surprising heterogeneity and vibrant populism that moved ballet outside its typical elitist surroundings to be seen by uninitiated, often enthusiastic audiences. Ballet was thought to help boost audience morale, to render solace to the soul-weary and to afford entertainment and diversion to those who simply craved a few hours of distraction. Government authorities came to see that ballet could serve as a tool of propaganda; the ways it functioned within the larger public discourse of propaganda and sacrifice, and how it answered a public mood of pragmatism and idealism, are also topics in this story of the development of a national ballet identity. This narrative has several key players-- dance critics, male and female dancers, producers, audiences, and choreographers. Exploring the so-called "ballet boom" during WWII, the larger story of this book is one of how art and artists thrive during conflict, and how they respond pragmatically and creatively to privation and duress.
Summary Book Review Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance by Lynn Garafola:
Download or read book Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance written by Lynn Garafola and published by Wesleyan University Press. This book was released on 2005-01-28 with total page 445 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Lynn Garafola has written some of the most influential historical studies & criticism in the field of dance. This volume offers a selection of her essays & reviews that together document the extraordinary transformation of dance, especially ballet, sincethe early 20th century.
Summary Book Review Antonia Mercé, “LaArgentina” by Ninotchka Bennahum:
Download or read book Antonia Mercé, “LaArgentina” written by Ninotchka Bennahum and published by Wesleyan University Press. This book was released on 2014-08-26 with total page 282 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Antonia Mercé, stage-named La Argentina, was the most celebrated Spanish dancer of the early 20th century. Her intensive musical and theatrical collaborations with members of the Spanish vanguard -- Manuel de Falla, Frederico García Lorca, Enrique Granados, Néstor de la Torre, Joaquín Nín, and with renowned Andalusian Gypsy dancers -- reflect her importance as an artistic symbol for contemporary Spain and its cultural history. When she died in 1936, newspapers around the world mourned the passing of the "Flamenco Pavlova."
Summary Book Review Bodies of Sound by Susan C. Cook:
Download or read book Bodies of Sound written by Susan C. Cook and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-04-08 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the ragtime one-step of the early twentieth century to the contemporary practices of youth club cultures, popular dance and music are inextricably linked. This collection reveals the intimate connections between the corporeal and the sonic in the creation, transmission and reception of popular dance and music, which is imagined here as ’bodies of sound’. The volume provokes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation that includes scholarship from Asia, Europe and the United States, which explores topics from the nineteenth century through to the present day and engages with practices at local, national and transnational levels. In Part I: Constructing the Popular, the authors explore how categories of popular music and dance are constructed and de-stabilized, and their proclivity to appropriate and re-imagine cultural forms and meanings. In Part II: Authenticity, Revival and Reinvention, the authors examine how popular forms produce and manipulate identities and meanings through their attraction to and departure from cultural traditions. In Part III: (Re)Framing Value, the authors interrogate how values are inscribed, silenced, rearticulated and capitalized through popular music and dance. And in Part IV: Politics of the Popular, the authors read the popular as a site of political negotiation and transformation.
Summary Book Review Dancing Naturally by A. Carter:
Download or read book Dancing Naturally written by A. Carter and published by Springer. This book was released on 2011-12-02 with total page 179 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A renewed interest in nature, the ancient Greeks, and the freedom of the body was to transform dance and physical culture in the early twentieth century. The book discusses the creative individuals and developments in science and other art forms that shaped the evolution of modern dance in its international context.
Summary Book Review Dance, Modernism, and Modernity by Ramsay Burt:
Download or read book Dance, Modernism, and Modernity written by Ramsay Burt and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-09-17 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of new essays explores connections between dance, modernism, and modernity by examining the ways in which leading dancers have responded to modernity. Burt and Huxley examine dance examples from a period beginning just before the First World War and extending to the mid-1950s, ranging across not only mainland Europe and the United States but also Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Asian region, and the UK. They consider a wide range of artists, including Akarova, Gertrude Colby, Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Margaret H’Doubler, Hanya Holm, Michio Ito, Kurt Jooss, Wassily Kandinsky, Margaret Morris, Berto Pasuka, Uday Shankar, Antony Tudor, and Mary Wigman. The authors explore dancers’ responses to modernity in various ways, including within the contexts of natural dancing and transnationalism. This collection asks questions about how, in these places and times, dancing developed and responded to the experience of living in modern times, or even came out of an ambivalence about or as a reaction against it. Ideal for students and practitioners of dance and those interested in new modernist studies, Dance, Modernism, and Modernity considers the development of modernism in dance as an interdisciplinary and global phenomenon.
Summary Book Review Preserving Dance Across Time and Space by Lynn Matluck Brooks:
Download or read book Preserving Dance Across Time and Space written by Lynn Matluck Brooks and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-05-06 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Dance is the art least susceptible to preservation since its embodied, kinaesthetic nature has proven difficult to capture in notation and even in still or moving images. However, frameworks have been established and guidance made available for keeping dances, performances, and choreographers’ legacies alive so that the dancers of today and tomorrow can experience and learn from the dances and dancers of the past. In this volume, a range of voices address the issue of dance preservation through memory, artistic choice, interpretation, imagery and notation, as well as looking at relevant archives, legal structures, documentation and artefacts. The intertwining of dance preservation and creativity is a core theme discussed throughout this text, pointing to the essential continuity of dance history and dance innovation. The demands of preservation stretch across time, geographies, institutions and interpersonal connections, and this book focuses on the fascinating web that supports the fragile yet urgent effort to sustain our dancing heritage. The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts.
Summary Book Review Social Dance by Arthur Franks:
Download or read book Social Dance written by Arthur Franks and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-12-20 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Originally published in 1963 and authored by the then Editor of the Dancing Times, this was a pioneer work discussing not only the origins and development of many social dance forms from early times, but also relating these forms to their environment. As well as its role in social history, the book analyses the role of dance as a prime creative power in Renaissance spectacles which depicted and celebrated diplomatic, military and regal occasions. After a wide-ranging introductory chapter on the origins of dancing, the book takes the reader through the centuries, discussing in turn the Basse Danse and the Moresco of the Middle Ages, the Pavane, Galliard and Courante of the 16th Century, the Minuet of the 17th & 18th, the Allemande, the Waltz and the Polka as well as Jazz, the Cha Cha Cha, the Jive and Twist.
Summary Book Review The Dance Theatre of Kurt Jooss by Suzanne Walther:
Download or read book The Dance Theatre of Kurt Jooss written by Suzanne Walther and published by Routledge. This book was released on 1997-12-23 with total page 116 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Summary Book Review Martha Graham by Victoria Thoms:
Download or read book Martha Graham written by Victoria Thoms and published by Intellect Books. This book was released on 2013-08-26 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Martha Graham’s name was internationally recognized as part of the modern dance world, and though trends in choreography continue to change, her influence on dance as an art form endures. In this, the first extended feminist look at the modern dance pioneer, Victoria Thoms explores the cult of Graham and her dancing through a critical lens that exposes the gendered meaning behind much of her work. Thoms synthesizes a diverse archive of material on Graham from films, photographs, memoir, and critique in order to highlight Graham’s unique contribution to the dance world and arts culture in general.
Summary Book Review Frederic Franklin by Leslie Norton:
Download or read book Frederic Franklin written by Leslie Norton and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2007-07-05 with total page 235 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With a ballet career spanning well over eight decades, legendary dancer Frederic Franklin was one of the twentieth century's great ballet stars. This biography, rich with original interviews, covers his entire career from young dance student in the early 1920s to his most recent position as choreographer with Britain's Royal Ballet in November 2004. Each chapter covers a different period of Franklin's life, including the peak of his performing career as a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, his legendary professional partnership with Alexandra Danilova, and his role in introducing ballet to millions of Americans during World War II.
Summary Book Review Dance of Death by Suzanne Walther:
Download or read book Dance of Death written by Suzanne Walther and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-11-05 with total page 135 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.