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Moving History/Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader
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Author : Ann Cooper Albright Ann Dils
Publisher : Wesleyan
ISBN# : 9780819564139
Pages : 544
Price :INR 2110
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This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history--particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus.

The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text.

A useful source for academic dance programs . . . Conceived as an alternative to the usual photocopied packet handed out in many university dance classes, this book presents a wide assortment of material in one volume. It also makes a much-needed contribution to dance scholarship.

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Ann Cooper Albright is Associate Professor of Dance at Oberlin College and the author of Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (Wesleyan, 1997). Ann Dils is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her articles on dance reconstruction have been published in Dance Research Journal and other scholarly publications.

Table Of Contents:

List of IllustrationsFirst Steps: Moving into the Study of Dance HistoryPt. IThinking about Dance History: Theories and PracticesThe Pleasures of Studying Dance History2Beyond Description: Writing beneath the Surface7Imagining Dance12Searching for Nijinskys Sacre17Five Premises for a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Dance30An Anthropologist Looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance33The Trouble with the Male Dancer ...44Strategic Abilities: Negotiating the Disabled Body in Dance56Dancing in the Field: Notes from Memory67Pt. IIWorld Dance TraditionsLooking at World Dance92Trance and Ecstatic Dance97Bharatha Natyam - What Are You?103Medicine of the Brave: A Look at the Changing Role of Dance in Native Culture from the Buffalo Days to the Modern Powwow114The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance128Changing Images and Shifting Identities: Female Performers in Egypt136Commonalties in African Dance: An Aesthetic Foundation144Invention and Reinvention in the Traditional Arts152Headspin: Capoeiras Ironic Inversions165Epitome of Korean Folk Dance174The Many Faces of Korean Dance178Writing Dancing191Beyond La Danse Noble: Conventions in Choreography and Dance Performance at the Time of Rameaus Hippolyte et Aricie202The Travesty Dancer in Nineteenth-Century Ballet210Interrupted Continuities: Modern Dance in Germany218Pt. IIIAmerica DancingHistorical Moments: Rethinking the Past232The Irresistible Other: Hopi Ritual Drama and Euro-American Audiences238Juba and American Minstrelsy250Dancing Out the Difference: Cultural Imperialism and Ruth St. Deniss Radha of 1906256Two-Stepping to Glory: Social Dance and the Rhetoric of Social Mobility271The Natural Body288Form as the Image of Human Perfectibility and Natural Order300The Harsh and Splendid Heroines of Martha Graham307The Dance Is a Weapon315In His Image: Diaghilev and Lincoln Kirstein323Stripping the E
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