Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance
Drawing on the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpischore in Sneakers, Sally Bane's Writing Dancing documents the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists, performances, and entire dance movements. With a sure grasp of shifting cultural dynamics, Banes shows how postmodern dance is integrally connected to other oppositional, often marginalized strands of dance culture, and considers how certain kinds of dance move from the margins to the mainstream.
Banes begins by considering the act of dance criticism itself, exploring its modes, methods, and underlying assumptions and examining the work of other critics. She traces the development of contemporary dance from the early work of such influential figures as Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine to such contemporary choreographers as Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage, and Michael Clark. She analyzes the contributions of the Judson Dance Theatre and the Workers' Dance League, the emergence of Latin postmodern dance in New York, and the impact of black jazz in Russia. In addition, Banes explores such untraditional performance modes as breakdancing and the "drunk dancing" of Fred Astaire.
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Review: Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern DanceUser Review - Mary - Goodreads
An excellent reference and introduction to the Judson choreographers and personalities. It really should get 4 stars, but it's a bit of a dry read. I should have bought it for my shelf instead of renting it from the library and pushing my way through it. Read full review
Review: Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern DanceUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
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