Category Archives: Dance

The Shoshoni-Crow Sun Dance by Fred W. Voget

By Fred W. Voget

Approximately 1875 the Crows deserted their very own sunlight Dance, yet they endured to hold out different conventional rites regardless of competition from missionaries and the government. In 1941, Crow Indians from Montana sought out leaders of the solar Dance one of the Wind River Shoshonis in Wyoming and lower than the course of John Truhujo, made the rite part of their lives. within the Shoshoni-Crow sunlight Dance, Fred W. Voget attracts on 40 years of fieldwork to explain the folk and conditions resulting in this singular occasion, the character of the rite, the reconciliation’s with Christianity and peyotism, the position of the solar Dance as a catalyst for the reassertion of Crow cultural id, and where the solar Dance now holds in Crow existence and tradition. Voget’s description comprises images and diagrams of the sunlight Dance.  

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The Dance Criticism of Arlene Croce: Articulating a Vision by Marc Raymond Strauss

By Marc Raymond Strauss

Widespread dance critic Arlene Croce wrote for The New Yorker throughout the Nineteen Seventies, ’80s and ’90s. via greater than 2 hundred reviews in that journal, she proven a classical aesthetic framework for dance, influencing the paintings of diverse modern critics in addition to the tastes of audiences. This ebook explores that framework and offers an interpretive research of the biographical, expert and historic components that contributed to the context of Croce’s paintings. subject matters contain Croce’s predecessors in dance feedback, appropriate twentieth-century contemporaries and the journalistic philosophy of The New Yorker. delivering 10 of Croce’s essays of their entirety, the writer discusses the 3 particular components of creative excellence that Croce always utilized in her reviews: sympathetic musicality, Apollonian craftsmanship and the enlivening strength of culture. detailed realization is given to the literary and rhetorical traits of Croce’s paintings. ultimately, appendices provide a close topic breakdown of themes in Croce’s essays, directory (by frequency of visual appeal) dance businesses, dancers, choreographers, dance kinds, ballets, and subject matters.

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What the Eye Hears - A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert

By Brian Seibert

The first authoritative background of faucet dancing, one of many nice artwork forms--along with jazz and musical comedy--created in America

What the attention Hears offers an authoritative account of the nice American paintings of faucet dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The ny Times, starts off via exploring tap's origins as a hybrid of the jig and clog dancing and dances introduced from Africa through slaves. He tracks tap's move to the degree via blackface minstrelsy and charts its progress as a cousin to jazz within the vaudeville circuits. Seibert chronicles tap's unfold to ubiquity on Broadway and in Hollywood, analyzes its decline after international struggle II, and celebrates its rediscovery and reinvention via new generations of yank and foreign performers. within the procedure, we find how the background of faucet dancing is critical to any significant account of yankee pop culture.

it is a tale with a major forged of characters, from grasp Juba via invoice Robinson and Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly and Paul Draper to Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Seibert strains the stylistic improvement of faucet via person practitioners and illuminates the cultural alternate among blacks and whites, the interaction of imitation and robbery, in addition to the relocating tale of African americans in exhibit company, wielding huge, immense impact as they grapple with the ache and delight of a sophisticated legacy. What the attention Hears teaches us to determine and listen to the total heritage of faucet in its each step.

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America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk by Megan Pugh

By Megan Pugh

The heritage of yankee dance displays the nation’s tangled tradition. Dancers from wildly diversified backgrounds discovered, imitated, and stole from each other.  Audiences in all places embraced the end result as deeply American.
 
utilizing the tales of tapper invoice "Bojangles" Robinson, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, ballet and Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille, choreographer Paul Taylor, and Michael Jackson, Megan Pugh indicates how freedom—that nebulous, contested American ideal—emerges as a genre-defining aesthetic. In Pugh’s account, ballerinas mingle with slumming thrill-seekers, and hoedowns appear on elite opera condo levels. Steps invented by way of slaves on antebellum plantations captivate the British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances have been greater boundary crossers than their dancers, besides the fact that, and the problems of race and sophistication that hang-out daily life shadow American dance in addition. Deftly narrated, America Dancing demonstrates the centrality of dance in American paintings, existence, and id, taking us to watershed moments while the state labored out a feeling of itself via public movement.

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India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective by Margaret E. Walker

By Margaret E. Walker

Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and spectacular spins with refined pantomime and delicate gestures. As an international perform and considered one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is usually offered as inheritor to an historical Hindu devotional culture within which males known as Kathakas danced and advised tales in temples. The dance's repertoire and circulation vocabulary, although, inform a special tale of syncretic origins and hybrid heritage - it's a dance that's either Muslim and Hindu, either devotional and unique, and either female and male. Kathak's a number of roots are available in rural theatre, embodied rhythmic repertoire, and courtesan functionality perform, and its historical past is inextricable from the background of empire, colonialism, and independence in India.Through an research either extensive and deep of basic and secondary assets, ethnography, iconography and present functionality perform, Margaret Walker undertakes a severe method of the background of kathak dance and offers new facts approximately hereditary acting artists, gendered contexts and practices, and postcolonial cultural reclamation. The account that emerges areas kathak and the Kathaks firmly into the residing context of North Indian appearing arts.

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Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance by Elizabeth Hess

By Elizabeth Hess

In this ebook, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess bargains systematic and unique explorations in functionality approach. This hybrid technique is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) jap practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to release impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of realization, their power heart and physique language, and their archetype and dating to common issues. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to examine, as like) and delusion (to development after, as in) give you the starting place for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive inventive expression. Explorations will be tailored to personality paintings, scene examine and construction, together with original/devised paintings and confirmed textual content, to light up singular and excellent paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.

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Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry by Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Penelope Hanstein

By Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Penelope Hanstein

This article introduces scholars to investigate tools in dance. The editors introduce dance as evolutional, elevating problems with definition and naming, defining dance in view of its intrinsic participatory values, its developmental features, and its reasons from paintings to ritual.

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Choreographing Asian America by Yutian Wong

By Yutian Wong

Poised on the intersection of Asian American reviews and dance experiences, Choreographing Asian the US is the 1st book-length exam of the position of Orientalist discourse in shaping Asian Americanist entanglements with U.S. smooth dance heritage. relocating past the acknowledgement that glossy dance has its roots in Orientalist appropriation, Yutian Wong considers the impact that invisible Orientalism has at the reception of labor via Asian American choreographers and the conceptualization of Asian American functionality as a class. Drawing on ethnographic and choreographic learn equipment, the writer follows the paintings of membership O' Noodles--a Vietnamese American functionality ensemble--to know how Asian American artists reply to competing narratives of illustration, aesthetics, and social activism that frequently body the creation of Asian American functionality.

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