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Dance Writings and Poetry

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ISBN-10: 0300069855

ISBN-13: 9780300069853

Edition: 1999

Authors: Edwin Denby, Robert Cornfield

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This collection of writings by the American dance critic and poet, Edwin Denby, includes his reactions to choreography, ranging from Martha Graham to the Rockettes.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/10/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Born in 1903, Edwin Denby was a dancer, poet, novelist, and the most distinguished American dance critic over the 30-year period during which his reviews appeared. Denby's technical knowledge and understanding of dance as a social and physical activity was enhanced by his belief that dance affirms the beauty of the human spirit and expresses what cannot be said through words. Denby evoked in the reader a sense of experiencing the performance of seeing and feeling as Denby did. Denby wrote about virtually everything of significance in the 20th-century dance world using clear, elegant, and precise language. Dance Writings includes Denby's essays and reviews from 1936 to 1965. The gathered…    

Biographical Note
The Thirties: An Essay
The Climate
The Subway
City Without Smoke
The Silence at Night
First Warm Days
Meeting in the Postoffice
The Poison
Irish American Song
A Postcard
Mid-Day Crowd
Villa Adriana
Olevano Romano
Sant'Angelo d'Ischia
Ciampino Envoi
Out of the Bronx subway June forest
Neighbor sneaks refuse to my roof
Born in my loft, dancer untame
Writing poems, an employee
Alex Katz points his north window
The size balls are saddens Lamarck
The grand republic's poet is
Cold pink glowing above wakes me
Inattentively fortunate
Disorder, mental, strikes me; I
Nocturnal void lower Fifth, I
The meadow rolls slanting like the
A fall night, September, black, cold
New York dark in August, seaward
In a hotelroom a madman
At first sight, not Pollock, Kline scared
Old age, lookit, it's stupid, a big fart
Nijinska's Noces (1936)
Nijinsky's Faun; Massine's Symphonie Fantastique; American Ballet Caravan (1936)
Graham's Chronicle; Uday Shankar (1937)
Balanchine's American Ballet (1937)
Balanchine's Apollon; American Ballet Caravan (1938)
Massine and the New Monte Carlo (1938)
Ashton's Devil's Holiday (1939)
Balanchine and Stravinsky: Poker Game and Baiser; The Monte Carlo Season (1940)
Graham's El Penitente and Letter to the World; Balanchine's Balustrade (1941)
Kurt Jooss; The Monte Carlo Ballet (1941)
Ballet Theatre (1942)
Isadora Reconsidered; Graham's Punch and the Judy Revisited (1942)
Tudor's Dark Elegies; Swan Lake (1942)
Massine's Aleko (1942)
Balanchine and Tchaikovsky: Ballet Imperial (1943)
Notes on Nijinsky Photographs (1943)
Markova's Dance Rhythm; Tudor's Romeo and Juliet (1943)
Massine's Capriccio Espagnol; De Mille's Three Virgins; Giselle (1943)
Tudor and Pantomime (1943)
On Meaning in Dance (1943)
Ballet Technique (1943)
The Dance in Film (1943)
Flight of the Dancer (1943)
About Toe Dancing (1943)
How to Judge a Dancer (1943)
Tudor's Lilac Garden; Lichine's Helen of Troy (1943)
Argentinita's Pictures of Goya; Tudor's Judgment of Paris (1943)
The de Mille "Touch" (1943)
Billy the Kid and Its Dance Faults (1943)
Some Faults of Ballet Theatre (1943)
Anna Sokolow (1943)
Graham's Deaths and Entrances and Salem Shore (1943)
Deaths and Entrances Revisited (1944)
The Rockettes and Rhythm (1944)
Humphrey's Inquest (1944)
A Note on Dance Intelligence (1944)
A Forum on Dance Criticism (1944)
Merce Cunningham (1944)
Serenade (1944)
A Monte Carlo Matinee (1944)
Fancy Free (1944)
Pearl Primus (1944)
Dark Elegies (1944)
A Tribute to Youskevitch (1944)
Markova's Giselle: Ballet Theatre's Glory (1944)
Where Are the New Serious Ballets? (1944)
Graham's American Document and Primitive Mysteries (1944)
A Ballet Lover's View of Martha Graham (1944)
Balanchine's Danses Concertantes (1944)
Coppelia Tells the Facts of Life (1944)
Pearl Primus on Broadway (1944)
Ballerina Trouble at Ballet Theatre? (1944)
Riabouchinska and Toumanova (1944)
Toumanova in Giselle (1944)
Toumanova's Show (1944)
A Fault in Ballet Theatre's Dancing (1944)
Toumanova and Dolin at Ballet Theatre (1944)
Ballet International at Two Weeks (1944)
About Ballet Decoration (1944)
Meaning in The Nutcracker (1944)
Deaths and Entrances (1945)
Ballet Imperial (1945)
Balanchine's Mozartiana (1945)
Coppelia: Ballet's Masterpiece of Comedy (1945)
Balanchine's Pas de Deux (1945)
Balanchine: Ballet Magician (1945)
Massine's Moonlight Sonata (1945)
Markova at Ballet Theatre (1945)
Tudor's Undertow (1945)
The Toumanova Problem (1945)
Ballet Theatre's Season (1945)
Graham's Herodiade (1945)
Appalachian Spring and Herodiade a Second Time (1945)
Concerto Barocco (1945)
To Argentinita (1945)
Apollo: The Power of Poetry (1945)
Alonso and Eglevsky in Giselle (1945)
Apollo (1945)
Robbins's Interplay (1945)
Markova's Failing (1945)
Ballet Theatre in Decline ... and a Farewell (1945)
Wigman After the War (ca. 1947)
Ashton's Cinderella (1949)
Against Meaning in Ballet (1949)
Dance Criticism (1949)
An Open Letter About the Paris Opera Ballet (1950)
A Letter About Ulanova (1951)
A Letter About Ulanova and the Royal Danish Ballet (1951)
A Letter on New York City's Ballet (1952)
Impressions of Markova at the Met (1952)
Some Thoughts About Classicism and George Balanchine (1953)
Stars of the Russian Ballet: A Film Review (1954)
Western Symphony and Ivesiana (1954)
Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Streets (1954)
Romeo and Juliet: A Film Review (1956)
Three Sides of Agon (1959)
The Bolshoi at the Met (1959-60)
Martha at Sixty-Eight (1961)
Balanchine Choreographing (1962)
Forms in Motion and in Thought (1965)
Dance Magazine Award Acceptance Speech (1966)
Bibliography of Denby's Writings