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The Intimate Act of Choreography

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ISBN13:

9780822953425

ISBN10:
0822953420
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/30/1982
Publisher(s):
Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
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"Designed to be a treasured daily companion to the dance teacher or company director... It is not merely what is presented, but the delightful way the authors stimulate the imagination along the way that sets this book apart from others of its kind". Jan Wilkens, Dance Teacher Now

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Terminology xix
Approach
3(5)
Isolating Choreographic Elements
3(1)
Combining Theory and Practice
4(2)
Using Improvisation
6(2)
Essentials
8(8)
Intention, Motivation, and Clarity
8(4)
Theme
12(1)
Simplicity
13(1)
Artistic Impact
14(2)
Speaking Body
16(7)
Body Parts
16(2)
Building Trust and Sensitivity
18(5)
Phrase
23(8)
Basic Structure
23(1)
High Point
24(5)
Variety in Phrase Length
29(1)
Choreographic Phrase vs. Movement Combinations
29(2)
Space
31(27)
Level
32(1)
Geometry of Space
33(4)
Design in Space: Shape
37(6)
Focus
43(2)
Active Space
45(2)
Turning
47(3)
Floor Pattern
50(2)
Stage Space
52(2)
Personal Space
54(2)
Environment
56(2)
Time
58(14)
Tempo
58(1)
Momentum
59(1)
Duration
60(1)
Clock Time
61(1)
Regular/Irregular
62(1)
Accent
63(2)
Meter
65(2)
Natural Rhythms
67(3)
Stillness
70(2)
Energy
72(11)
Energy (active/passive)
73(1)
Force (strong/gentle)
74(3)
Movement Qualities: Dynamics in Action
77(6)
Forming
83(41)
Form's Natural Existence and Artistic Use
83(3)
Organic Form
86(1)
Transitions
87(3)
Sequencing
90(2)
Compositional Structures vs. Choreographic Devices
92(1)
Compositional Structures
93(6)
Theme and Variation vs. Motif and Development
99(2)
Choreographic Devices
101(19)
Overall Form
120(4)
Abstraction
124(12)
In Art and Aesthetics
124(3)
Imagery
127(2)
Gestures
129(4)
Degrees of Abstraction
133(1)
Pure Dance
134(1)
Romanticism/Classicism
134(1)
Abstraction vs. Stylization
135(1)
Style
136(20)
Personal Movement Style
138(5)
Choreographic Style
143(3)
Codified Technique
146(1)
Theories of Movement
147(3)
Cultural Style
150(1)
Great Periods in Art
151(5)
Silence, Sound, and Music
156(17)
Silence
156(2)
Sound
158(3)
Music
161(12)
Group Work
173(20)
Group Trust, Movement, Design
173(1)
Multibody Movement: Design and Structure
174(2)
Partner Work
176(2)
Numerical Possibilities and Staging
178(1)
Balance and Placement in Overall Design
178(2)
Small Groups
180(3)
Chorus vs. Group
183(1)
New Resources: Dances from Your Dancers
183(3)
Using Choreographic Devices and Compositional Structures
186(3)
Formations
189(1)
The One and the Many
190(1)
Working with Masses
191(2)
Theatrical Elements
193(5)
Performance
198(3)
Tangents
201(8)
Teacher's Addendum: The Delicate Art of Teaching Choreography 209(8)
Appendix: List of Improvisations and Choreographic Studies 217(4)
Notes 221(6)
Index 227


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