Dancing Through History

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-03-23
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Setting dance within a cultural context that is both understandable and interesting, this insightful reference captures the true art form of dance and traces the activity of dance as it existed down through the ages and all over the world.Beginning with the origins of dance and moving on to what takes place on Western dance stages today, this volume offers a sweeping overview of primitive, ethnic, and folk dance forms ... examines the major branches of Western dance art including ballet from its inception in 16th century Europe, modern dance, jazz, avant-garde, and the international eclectic contemporary scene ... tracks the repertory, technical training of performers, and creative theory of the many traditions that unify this art form ... includes discussions of significant dancers, their contributions, and the performers that inspired them; the background of period styles; pertinent ideas of major choreographers; capsule biographies of outstanding dance artists; effects of music and design on choreography; national characteristics of dance; the psychology of performers; and coverage on such concepts as Classic, Romantic, and Avant-garde to clarify trends and invoke thought on the Dance Art and society ... and makes many comparisons to current day events.Suitable for anyone involved or interested in dance history.

Table of Contents

World Overview: The Dance of Life
Prologue: A Historical Sense of Direction
Tribal Ritesp. 1
The Life of Stone Age Manp. 1
Dance in Tribal Societiesp. 9
Forms of Ritual Dancep. 9
Tribal Culture and the Modern Worldp. 14
Asian Ceremoniesp. 20
Oriental Dance, Past and Presentp. 20
Early Mediterranean Civilizationsp. 30
Our Dancing Ancestorsp. 30
Folk Dance Development in Medieval Europe and Todayp. 38
The Church versus Secular Dancep. 38
European Ballet Tours
Noble Beginningsp. 50
Aristocratic Entertainment 1300 to 1600p. 50
Court Spectaclesp. 63
France, England, Italy, from the 1530s to 1640sp. 63
The Sun King Dancesp. 75
French Royal Ballet from 1650 to 1700sp. 75
Entrechats and Revolutionsp. 84
Professional Ballet 1714 to 1789p. 84
Historical Paradoxesp. 95
Art and Society in France from 1789 to 1820p. 95
Romantic Balletp. 101
The Taglioni Influencep. 101
Exotic Voyagesp. 116
The Impact of Fanny Elsslerp. 116
Gisellep. 122
Timeless Romantic Balletp. 122
Traveloguep. 132
From Bournonville in Denmark to Coppelia in Francep. 132
Russian Imperial Heightsp. 142
The Age of Petipap. 142
Experiments in Entertainmentp. 159
Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russesp. 159
International Regroupingp. 180
European Ballet from 1929 to 1945p. 180
British Taste and Mannersp. 186
Ballet in England from 1910 to the Presentp. 186
Reprisep. 204
European Ballet After Four Hundred Yearsp. 204
Dance in America
In The Beginningp. 210
American Dance up to the 1900sp. 210
Modern Dance Creationsp. 224
Isadora Duncan and Forerunnersp. 224
Denishawnp. 236
From Sacred Dance to Jacob's Pillowp. 236
German Detourp. 246
European Modern Dancep. 246
Towering Genius of Psychodramap. 254
Martha Grahamp. 254
Humanistsp. 270
Humphrey Weidmanp. 270
Impressive Figuresp. 284
Tamiris, Horton and Lewitzkyp. 284
Mid-Century Modern Dancep. 292
Anna Sokolow and Jose Limonp. 292
Afro-American Dancersp. 301
Jazz Beatp. 301
Revival of American Balletp. 315
New York City Ballet, from the 1930s to the Presentp. 315
The Many Styles of American Balletp. 324
American Ballet from the 1930s to the Presentp. 324
Bodies in Motionp. 341
Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolaisp. 341
Movement Abstractions and Beyondp. 355
Major Figures of the Avant-Gardep. 355
Epilogue: The Judgment of Historyp. 367
Bibliographyp. 372
Indexp. 376
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