International Dictionary of Modern Dance

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Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf, Glynis Benbow-Niemier
St. James Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 891 pages
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The most compelling reason for the publication of "International Dictionary of Modern Dance" is that no other reference offers a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of this art form. Existing works are smaller trade titles of a general nature and are of little value to students, scholars and artists interested in authoritative biographical, bibliographical and musicological information on modern dance.

"Modern Dance" follows the format of other St. James Press volumes on performing arts. In a single, easy-to-use volume, it offers alphabetically arranged essays selected, written and reviewed by subject expert contributors and members of our advisory board, representing librarians, scholars and critics. The work presents 425 signed entries that focus on artists, works, companies, periods, performances and schools of modern dance from its origins in the late 19th century to the present day. In addition "Modern Dance" includes the following, value-added features: Overview Essay: Focuses on the beginnings and evolution of modern dance, and discusses modern dance in relation to other modern art forms Timeline: Highlights key events in the history of modern dance Illustrations: More than 200 photographs augment the text General bibliography: Lists key print, video and electronic sources without duplicating citations found at the end of entries Indexes: Opening access and broadening comparative research, indexes allow users to isolate nationalities, professions, institution type, works, companies and illustrations

Notes on advisers and contributors: Brief notes on professional affiliations and credentials of the scholars who have contributed to the work

Because of its uniquecoverage, scholarly presentation, currency and comprehensiveness, "International Dictionary of Modern Dance" will serve the information needs of students in dance and theater programs, librarians fielding ready reference inquiries and practitioners of modern dance who want to learn more about this evolving art form.

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The modern in modern dance is an attitude, not a time period. In the late 19th century, its pioneers broke with more traditional forms of dance (e.g., classical ballet) and devised a new dance ... Read full review

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