Moving History/Dancing Cultures A Dance History Reader

ISBN-10: 0819564133

ISBN-13: 9780819564139

Edition: 2001

Authors: Ann Dils, Ann Cooper Albright

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This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history--particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus. The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

Ann Dils and Ann Cooper Albright: First Steps: Moving into the Study of Dance History
Thinking About Dance History: Theory and Practices
Some Twentieth-Century Models of Sense Perception
Writing Beneath the Surface
Imagining Dance
Searching for Nijinsky's Sacre
Five Premises for a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Dance
An Anthropologist Looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance
The Trouble with the Male Dancer
Strategic Abilities: Negotiating the Disabled Body in Dance
Dancing in the Field: Notes from Memory
World Dance Traditions
Trance and Ecstatic Dance
Bharatha Natyam What Are You?
Medicine of the Brave
The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance
Changing Images and Shifting Identities: Female Performers in Egypt
Commonalities in African Dance: An Aesthetic Foundation
Invention and Re-invention in the Traditional Arts
Headspin: Capoeira's Ironic Inversions
Epitome of Korean Folk Dance
The Many Faces of Korean Dance
Writing Dancing
Beyond La Danse Noble: Conventions in Choreography and Dance Performance at the Time of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie
The Travesty Dancer in Nineteenth-Century Ballet
Interrupted Continuities: Modern Dance in Germany
America Dancing
The Irresistible Other: Hopi Ritual Drama and Euro-American Audiences
Juba and American Minstrelsy
Dancing Out the Difference: Cultural Imperialism and Ruth St. Denis's "Radha" of 1906
Two-Stepping to Glory
The Natural Body
Form as the Image of Human Perfectibility and Natural Order
The Harsh and Splendid Heroines of Martha Graham
The Dance is a Weapon
In His Image: Diaghilev and Lincoln Kirstein
Stripping the Emperor: The Africanist Presence in American Concert Dance
Simmering Passivity: The Black Male Body in Concert Dance
Choreographic Methods of the Judson Dance Theater
Chance Heroes. Merce Cunningham
Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts
Looking at Movement as Culture: Contact Improvisation to Disco
10,000 Jams Later: Contact Improvisation in Canada 1974-95
Butoh: "Twenty Years Ago We Were Crazy, Dirty and Mad"
Improvisation Is a Word for Something That Can't Keep a Name
Dancing on the Endangered List: Aesthetics and Politics of Indigenous Dance in the Philippines
Chandralekha: Negotiating the Female Body and Movement in Cultural/Political Signification
Ananya and Chandralekha
A Response to "Chandralekha: Negotiating the Female Body and Movement in Cultural/Political Signification"
Embodying History: Epic Narrative and Cultural Identity in African-American Dance
Simply (?) the Doing of it, Like Two Arms Going Round and Round
A Little Technology Is a Dangerous Thing
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