The Art of Making Dances

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Doris Humphrey
Rinehart, 1959 - Performing Arts - 189 pages
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Doris Humphrey's 'The Art of Making Dances' was written just before her death in 1958. It's her autobiography in art, a gathering together of her experiences in performance and a lucid and practical source book on choreography. One of the truly great figures in the dance world - a pioneer of American modern dance, a great choreographer and teacher whose influences and innovations are apparent everywhere in the field - Miss Humphrey has given the first modern book on the art of choreography, an indispensable guide not only for the modern dance but for all stage creations. 'The Art of Making Dances' presents modern dance as theater. It contains a short history of the dance and various chapters discuss design, dynamics, and rhythm of dance. It includes a check list for composers of dances and an appendix of all the dances composed by Miss Humphrey.

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User Review  - Tamara Bliss - Goodreads

The dancer's "bible" for choreographers. She tells it smartly even 50+ years after her death! Read full review

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User Review  - Flissy - Goodreads

I had the impression that this book would be stuffy and strict but I enjoyed it immensely. I like structure and order in my dance, so it made a lot of sense to me. Having little formal choreography ... Read full review

Contents

The Sleeping Beauty
15
Choreographers Are Special People
20
Sources of Subject MatterWhat to Dance About?
26
Copyright

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About the author (1959)

Doris Humphrey was a dancer and choreographer of the early 20th century who studied and taught dance. She was an original faculty member of both The Bennington School of the Dance and The Julliard School and was the cofounder of the Humphrey-Weidman dance company.

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