Anna Sokolow: The Rebellious Spirit

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Performing Arts - 304 pages

A pioneer choreographer in modern American dance, Anna Sokolow has led a bewildering, active international life. Her meticulous biographer Larry Warren once looked up Anna Sokolow in a few reference books and found that she was born in three different years and that her parents were from Poland except when they were in Russia, and found many other inaccuracies. Drawing on material from nearly 100 interviews, Larry Warren has created a fascinating account and assessment of the life and work of Anna Sokolow, whose nomadic career was divided between New York, Mexico, and Israel. Setting her work on more than 70 dance companies, Anna Sokolow not only pioneered the development of a personal approach to movement, which has become part of the language of contemporary dance, but also created such masterpieces as Rooms, dealing with loneliness and alienation, and Dreams, which concerns the inner torment of victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

 

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Contents

1 Bread and Roses
1
2 Neighborhood Playhouse Kid
11
3 Dance as a Weapon
23
4 Radical TheaterRadical Dance
31
Russia
39
6 Landmarks
47
7 Mexico
63
8 Finding a Fuller Expression
75
15 The Juilliard Connection
133
16 A New Era
139
17 Lyric Theatre Israel
147
18 Other Ventures
155
19 The Spirit of Rebellion
163
20 Theater Danced and Danced Theater
177
21 The Seventies
187
22 Resurgence
197

9 The Ups and Downs of Broadway
83
10 The Actors Studio
89
11 The Early Fifties
95
Israel
103
13 Building a Repertoire
111
14 Working the Media
123
23 PS
207
Appendixes
211
Notes
325
Bibliography
343
Index
351
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