Before, Between, and Beyond : Three Decades of Dance Writing

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-03-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Sally Banes has been a preeminent critic and scholar of American contemporary dance, andBefore, Between, Beyondspans more than thirty years of her prolific work. Beginning with her first published review and including previously unpublished papers, this collection presents some of her finest works on dance and other artistic forms. It concludes with her most recent research on Geroge Balanchine's dancing elephants. In each piece, Banes's detailed eye and sensual prose strike a rare balance between description, context, and opinion, delineating the American artistic scene with remarkable grace. With contextualizing essays by dance scholars Andrea Harris, Joan Acocella, and Lynn Garafola, this is a compelling, insightful indispensable summation of Banes's critical career.

Author Biography

Sally Banes is the Marian Hannah Winter Professor Emerita of Theater History and Dance Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her many books include Reinventing Dance in the 1960s, Terpsichore in Sneakers, Dancing Women, Democracy’s Body, and Greenwich Village 1963.

Table of Contents

Voice of the Zeitgeist : Sally Banes and her times
Dance before midnight : dance journalism, 1974-87
Substanceless brutalityp. 13
Bizarre newborn universep. 17
About Quarry, about Meredith Monkp. 20
Disco dance : boogie down the bluesp. 23
The art of Ballezzp. 27
Changing and growing and changing colorsp. 32
Stepping into time : Charles Cook, Jane Goldberg, and Andrea Levinep. 37
David Gordon, or, the ambiguitiesp. 41
Merce Cunningham 101 : an introductory coursep. 47
Douglas Dunn talking dancingp. 50
Patternsp. 58
A walk on the wild sidep. 61
Bolshoi bravurap. 64
Notes on some dancesp. 73
Rhythm for the eyes, ears, and solesp. 77
Awhirl in every portp. 81
Under glassp. 84
Trisha Brown and Fujiko Nakaya play mistyp. 86
"Men together" and Bloolipsp. 91
Paul Taylor dance companyp. 97
10 cents a dance : the funds overp. 104
Nearly sort of not dance maybep. 110
Choreographer steps spryly into televisionp. 113
Between the arts : interdisciplinary writings on the arts in culture
From "messin' around" to "funky Western civilization" : the rise and fall of dance instruction songsp. 119
Theatre of operations : Stuart Sherman's fifteen filmsp. 148
Imagination and play : the films of Ericka Beckmanp. 167
The last conversation : Eisenstein's Carmen balletp. 186
Homage, plagiarism, allusion, comment, quotation : negotiating choreographic appropriationp. 198
Institutionalizing avant-garde performance : a hidden history of university patronage in the United Statesp. 216
Olfactory performancesp. 242
Beyond the millennium : recent dance writings
Our hybrid traditionp. 257
The scent of a dancep. 269
Choreographing community : dancing in the kitchenp. 281
"A new kind of beauty" : from classicism to Karole Armitage's early balletsp. 303
TV-dancing women : music videos, camera-choreography, and feminist theoryp. 325
Elephants in tutusp. 344
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