Terpsichore in Sneakers Post-Modern Dance

ISBN-10: 0819561606
ISBN-13: 9780819561602
Edition: 2nd 1987 (Revised)
Authors: Sally Banes
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Description: Drawing on the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpischore in Sneakers, Sally Bane's Writing Dancing documents the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 6/1/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 311
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

Drawing on the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpischore in Sneakers, Sally Bane's Writing Dancing documents the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists, performances, and entire dance movements. With a sure grasp of shifting cultural dynamics, Banes shows how postmodern dance is integrally connected to other oppositional, often marginalized strands of dance culture, and considers how certain kinds of dance move from the margins to the mainstream. Banes begins by considering the act of dance criticism itself, exploring its modes, methods, and underlying assumptions and examining the work of other critics. She traces the development of contemporary dance from the early work of such influential figures as Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine to such contemporary choreographers as Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage, and Michael Clark. She analyzes the contributions of the Judson Dance Theatre and the Workers' Dance League, the emergence of Latin postmodern dance in New York, and the impact of black jazz in Russia. In addition, Banes explores such untraditional performance modes as breakdancing and the "drunk dancing" of Fred Astaire.

Sally Banes is one of the leading dance historians in the United States. With such works as Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage and Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theatre 1962-1964, she details the history of dance and explores issues of representation and movement in the art of dancing. She also examines the influence and aspects of feminist ideology related to dance. Banes graduated from New York University and was involved in the theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. She has worked as a critic for the Soho Weekly News and the Village Voice. Banes is the Hannah Winter Professor of Theatre History and Dance Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface to the Wesleyan Paperback Edition
Introduction to the Wesleyan Paperback Edition
Introduction: Sources of Post-Modern Dance
Dancing as if Newborn
Animal Stories
The Aesthetics of Denial
Yvonne Rainer, Chart from "A Quasi Survey of Some 'Minimalist' Tendencies in the Quantitatively Minimal Dance Activity
Midst the Plethora, or an Analysis of Trio A"
Physical Things
Steve Paxton, Satisfyin Lover
Gravity and Levity
Trisha Brown, Skymap
The Ambiguities
David Gordon, Response
The Cosmic Dance
Deborah Hay, Excerpts from the Grand Dance
The Act of Seeing
Lucinda Childs, Street Dance
Homemade Metaphors
Meredith Monk, Notes on the Voice
Being Dancing Beings
Kenneth King, from Print-Out
Cool Symmetries
Douglas Dunn, "Talking Dancing"
The Grand Union: The Presentation of Everyday Life as Dance
The Grand Union, Q&A
Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Notes
Index

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