Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance

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Routledge, Aug 2, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
A complete study of the life and work of this seminal choreographerCunningham and his company remain active, with performances around the worldWill appeal to dance, theater, performance art, and American culture fans.
 

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The only extant book-length, critical monograph about Cunningham's work, I recommend this to dance enthusiasts interested in a thoughtful orientation of his dances in the context of dance and art ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 From Graham to Cunningham
21
2 Portrait of the Artist as a Jung Man
44
3 Beyond The Ethos of Abstract Expressionism
58
4 The Limitations of Instinct
71
5 Contemporary Classicism
82
6 Primitive Mysteries
103
7 The Sound of Perceptual Freedom
136
9 Dancing for the Digital Age
168
10 Rethinking the Thinking Body
187
11 Modernism Postmodernism and Cunningham
209
Merce Cunningham in the Age of Identity Politics
225
13 Dancing in the Aftermath of 911
239
Bibliography
260
Index
269
Copyright

8 Cunningham Cage and Collage
153

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About the author (2004)

Roger Copeland is Professor of Theater and Dance at Oberlin College. He is coeditor of the widely used anthology What is Dance? His essays about dance, theater, and film have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and many other publications including The Encyclopedia of Dance and Ballet.