Composing While Dancing : An Improviser's Companion

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-16
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Composing while Dancing: An Improviserrs"s Companionexamines the world of improvisational dance and the varied approaches to this art form. By introducing the improvisational strategies of twenty-six top contemporary artists of movement improvisation, Melinda Buckwalter offers a practical primer to the dance form. Each chapter focuses on an important aspect of improvisation including spatial relations, the eyes, and the dancing image. Included are sample practices from the artists profiled, exercises for further research, and a glossary of terms. Buckwalter gathers history, methods, interviews, and biographies in one book to showcase the many facets of improvisational dance and create an invaluable reference for dancers and dance educators.

Author Biography

Melinda Buckwalter is coeditor of Contact Quarterly, a dance and improvisation journal. She lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Materia Primap. 12
Interlude-So Many Influences, So Little Time...p. 32
Dancing Takes Shapep. 34
Interlude-Notes to Myself: Wait!p. 59
Time Machinesp. 60
Interlude-Notes to Myself: Living Backwardp. 73
Spatial Relationsp. 76
Interlude-Map. 89
The Dancing Imagep. 91
Interlude-Invisible Dances with Mary Overliep. 105
The Possibilities of Musicp. 106
Interlude-Notes to Myself: Listeningp. 117
The Eyesp. 118
Interlude-Notes to Myself on Catching It Out of the Corner of My Eyep. 130
Partnering Sciencep. 132
Interlude-Notes to Myself on Not Knowingp. 141
The Magical Objectp. 143
Interlude-The Objects Begin to Speakp. 154
Epilogue: Developing Your Practicep. 156
Meet the Artists: Dancemakers' Biographiesp. 161
Glossary of People and Termsp. 187
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217
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