Game for Dancers Performing Modernism in the Postwar Years, 1945-1960

ISBN-10: 0819568058

ISBN-13: 9780819568052

Edition: 2006

Authors: Gay Morris

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A Game for Dancers examines the difficulties American modern dancers faced as the Cold War took hold and the genre became institutionalized after its pioneering phase. It draws on the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu to explore the interconnections between art and politics while paying close attention to modern dance's ambivalent relationship to the market. At the heart of the book is an inquiry into modernism itself, and how dancers struggled with modernist ideas of abstraction and autonomy while rarely questioning them. Crucial, too, is the issue of embodiment, which appeared to answer modernist skepticism of representation and aid modern dance's elusive pursuit of independence. Subjects include modernist dance theory, the emergence of new constituencies including African-American choreographers, and the work of Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais, whose objectivism was declared a new modern dance vanguard in the 1950s.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 5/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Gay Morris is a dance and art critic whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Dance Research, Art in America, and Body and Society. Currently she is a research fellow in sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and the editor of the anthology, Moving Words, Rewriting Dance (1996).

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The Trouble with Modern Dance
Ballet's Challenge
Modernist Theory: John Martin, Edwin Denby, John Cage
Embodying Community
African-American Vanguardism: 1940s
African-American Vanguardism: 1950s
Objectivism's Consonance
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