Taken by Surprise A Dance Improvisation Reader

ISBN-10: 0819566489

ISBN-13: 9780819566485

Edition: 2003

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This collection of classic and new writings on dance improvisation brings together 21 essays by prominent dancers, scholars and historians. Until now, discussion of improvisation in dance has focused mainly on the postmodern form known as contact improv. Taken by Surprise reflects the development of improvisation as a compositional and performance mode in a wide variety of dance contexts, including dance traditions from around the globe, such as Yoruban masked dance, Indian Bharatanatyam and flamenco. The book also includes a thoughtful look at computer-aided choreography, a discussion of recent innovations in tap dancing and a section on improvisation in everyday life. Combining primary sources with critical analysis, Taken by Surprise will serve as an indispensible companion to studio work in improvisation, and a much-needed supplement to twentieth century dance histories. CONTRIBUTORS: Ann Cooper Albright, Sally Banes, Bruce Curtis, Kent Despain, Margaret Thompson Drewal, Simone Forti, Susan Leigh Foster, David Gere, Raymond W. Gibbs, JR, Michelle Heffner Hayes, Carmela Hermann, Constance Valis Hill, Rachel Kaplan, Maura Keefe, Victoria Marks, Avanthi Meduri, Steve Paxton, Janice Ross, Karen Schaffman, Nancy Stark Smith, Ellen Webb, Ruth Zaporah.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Improvising body, Improvising Mind
Taken by Surprise: Improvisation in Dance and Mind
Exposed to Gravity
Bruce Curtis o Dance: A Body with a Mind of Its Own
The Cutting Edge of Awareness: Reports from the Inside of Improvisation
A Duet with Postmodern Dance
Anna Halprin and Improvisation as Child's Play: A Search for Innocence
Animate Dancing: A Practice in Dance Improvisation
Learning to Speak: An Apprenticeship with Simone Forti in Logomotion
Spontaneous Combustion: Notes on Dance Improvisation from the Sixties to the Nineties
Expanding the Canon
Stepping, Stealing, Sharing, and Daring: Improvisation and the Tap Dance Challenge
The Writing on the Wall: Reading Improvisation in Flamenco and Postmodern Dance
Improvisation as Participatory Performance: Egungun Masked Dancers in the Yoruba Tradition
Against Improvisation: A Postmodernist Makes the Case for Choreography
Multiple Pleasures: Improvisation in Bharatanatyam
Reconsidering Contact Improvisation
A Subjective History of Contact Improvisation
Drafting Interior Techniques
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