Download Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming by Kimerer LaMothe PDF

By Kimerer LaMothe

Within highbrow paradigms that privilege brain over subject, dance has lengthy seemed as a marginal, by-product, or primitive artwork. Drawing help from theorists and artists who embody subject as dynamic and agential, this ebook bargains a visionary definition of dance that illuminates its constitutive paintings within the ongoing evolution of human folks.

Why We Dance introduces a philosophy of physically changing into that posits physically stream because the resource and telos of human lifestyles. inside this philosophy, dance seems as an task that people advanced to do because the permitting in their most sensible physically changing into. Weaving theoretical mirrored image with bills of lived event, this booklet positions dance as a catalyst within the improvement of human attention, compassion, ritual proclivity, and ecological adaptability. Aligning with developments in new materialism, impact conception, and feminist philosophy, in addition to advances in dance and spiritual reports, this paintings unearths the very important function dance can play in reversing the trajectory of ecological self-destruction alongside which human civilization is racing.

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Download Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual by Anthea Kraut PDF

By Anthea Kraut

Choreographing Copyright is a brand new ancient and cultural research of U.S. dance-makers' funding in highbrow estate rights. Stretching from the overdue 19th century to the early twenty-first, the ebook reconstructs efforts to win copyright safety for choreography and teases out their raced and gendered politics, exhibiting how dancers have embraced highbrow estate rights as a method to either consolidate and contest racial and gendered energy.

A variety of the artists featured within the e-book are famous within the background of yank dance, together with Loie Fuller, Hanya Holm, and Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, and George Balanchine. however the ebook additionally uncovers a bunch of marginalized figures--from the South Asian dancer Mohammed Ismail, to the African American pantomimist Johnny Hudgins, to the African American blues singer Alberta Hunter, to the white burlesque dancer religion Dane--who have been both attracted to positioning themselves as topics instead of items of estate.

Drawing on severe race and feminist theories and on cultural reviews of copyright, Choreographing Copyright bargains clean perception into the raced and gendered hierarchies that govern the theatrical market, white women's traditionally contingent dating to estate rights, legacies of possession of black our bodies and appropriation of non-white exertions, and the stress among dance's ephemerality and its reproducibility.

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Download Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the by K. LaMothe PDF

By K. LaMothe

Nietzsche makes use of photographs of dance all through his paintings to symbolize the method and the end result of his "revaluation of all values." American smooth dancers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham have been encouraged by way of his paintings as they created their respective visions for what dance can and may be. This booklet examines the relationships between those 3 figures, arguing that the innovations of dance perform, choreography, and performances constructed by means of Duncan and Graham significantly develop Nietzsche's revaluation of Christian values.

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Download Playable bodies : dance games and intimate media by Kiri Miller PDF

By Kiri Miller

Playable our bodies exhibits how dance games paintings as engines of humor, social hazard, and intimacy, urging gamers to bop like nobody's watching-while being tracked via motion-sensing interfaces of their residing rooms. writer Kiri Miller seems at video game layout and participant studies throughout media structures, providing a brand new conception of ""intimate media.""

summary: Playable our bodies indicates how dance games paintings as engines of humor, social threat, and intimacy, urging gamers to bop like nobody's watching-while being tracked by way of motion-sensing interfaces of their residing rooms. writer Kiri Miller seems to be at video game layout and participant studies throughout media structures, providing a brand new idea of ""intimate media.""

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Download Step Dancing in Ireland: Culture and History by Catherine E. Foley PDF

By Catherine E. Foley

For lots of humans step dance is linked typically with the Irish step-dance level convey, Riverdance, which assisted in either selling the dance shape and in putting eire globally. however the perform and contexts of step dance are even more advanced and fluid than this. Catherine Foley tells the tale of this dance from its roots in eighteenth-century eire to its sleek globalized charm. concentrating on North Kerry at the south-west coast of eire, she examines 3 step-dance practices: the agricultural Molyneaux step-dance perform, representing the tip of a comparatively lengthy method of educating by way of itinerant dancing masters within the sector; , the urbanized, staged, competition-orientated perform, cultivated through the cultural nationalist circulation, the Gaelic League, from the top of the 19th century, and practised this day either inside and out of eire; and 3, the stylized, commodified, theatrical perform of Siamsa Tire, the nationwide folks Theatre of eire, proven in North Kerry within the Seventies. The publication offers a wealthy old and ethnographic account of step dancing, step dancers, and cultural associations in eire.

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Download To Be Like Gods: Dance in Ancient Maya Civilization (The by Matthew G. Looper PDF

By Matthew G. Looper

The Maya of Mexico and valuable the US have played ritual dances for greater than millennia. Dance continues to be a vital part of non secular adventure this day, serving as a medium for communique with the supernatural. through the overdue vintage interval (AD 600-900), dance assumed extra value in Maya royal courts via an organization with feasting and present trade. those performances allowed rulers to forge political alliances and show their keep an eye on of alternate in luxurious items. the cultured values embodied in those performances have been heavily tied to Maya social constitution, expressing notions of gender, rank, and standing. Dance used to be hence no longer easily leisure, yet was once basic to old Maya notions of social, non secular, and political id. utilizing an leading edge interdisciplinary process, Matthew Looper examines various kinds of information correct to old Maya dance, together with hieroglyphic texts, pictorial pictures in varied media, and structure. a chain of case reviews illustrates the applying of varied analytical methodologies and provides interpretations of the shape, that means, and social value of dance functionality. even supposing the nuances of circulate in Maya dances are very unlikely to get better, Looper demonstrates wealth of different information survives which permits an in depth attention of many features of functionality. To Be Like Gods therefore presents the 1st complete interpretation of the function of dance in old Maya society and in addition serves as a version for comparative learn within the archaeology of functionality.

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Download The Encyclopedia of World Ballet by Mary Ellen Snodgrass PDF

By Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Throughout the centuries, ballet has had a wealthy and ever-evolving position within the humanities. popular choreographers, composers, and performers have contributed to this special artwork shape, staging enduring works of attractiveness. major productions by way of significant businesses embody options and variations, allowing ballet to thrive and enjoyment audiences all around the globe.

In The Encyclopedia of worldwide Ballet, Mary Ellen Snodgrass surveys the emergence of ballet from historic Asian versions to the current, supplying overviews of rhythmic circulate as a topic of paintings, images, and cinema. Entries during this quantity show the character and function of ballet, detailing specifics approximately leaders in vintage layout and elegance, influential costumers and corporations, and developments in process, partnering, version, and liturgical execution.

This reference covers:

  • Choreographers
  • Composers
  • Costumers
  • Dance companies
  • Dancers
  • Productions
  • Set designers
  • Techniques
  • Terminology


Among the valuable figures incorporated listed here are Alvin Ailey, Afrasiyab Badalbeyli, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pierre Beauchamp, Sergei Diaghilev, Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, Isadora Duncan, Boris Eifman, Mats Ek, Erté, Martha Graham, Inigo Jones, Louis XIV, Amalia Hernández Navarro, Rudolf Nureyev, Marius Petipa, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Agrippina Vaganova. This paintings additionally positive aspects dance businesses from the Americas, Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam. Productions comprise such common narrative favorites as
Coppélia, The Nutcracker, The snoozing attractiveness, Scheherazade, Firebird, and Swan Lake.

Featuring a chronology that identifies key occasions and figures, this quantity highlights major advancements in degree displays over the centuries. The Encyclopedia of global Ballet will serve normal readers, dance teachers, and fans from center university via collage in addition to expert coaches and performers, troupe administrators, newshounds, and historians of the humanities.

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Download I, Maya Plisetskaya by Maya Plisetskaya, Antonina W. Bouis PDF

By Maya Plisetskaya, Antonina W. Bouis

Maya Plisetskaya, one of many world’s most desirable dancers, rose to turn into a prima ballerina of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet after an formative years packed with tragedy and loss. during this lively memoir, Plisetskaya displays on her own odyssey, providing a different view of the lifetime of a Soviet artist through the stricken interval from the past due Nineteen Thirties to the 1990s.

Plisetskaya recounts the execution of her father within the nice Terror and her mother’s exile to the Gulag. She describes her admission to the Bolshoi in 1943, the jobs she played there, and the never-ending petty harassments she persevered, from either green with envy colleagues and get together officers. Refused permission for 6 years to travel with the corporate, Plisetskaya finally played worldwide, operating with such famous choreographers as Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart. She recounts the tumultuous occasions she lived via and the attention-grabbing humans she met—among them the mythical ballet instructor Agrippina Vaganova, George Balanchine, Frank Sinatra, Rudolf Nureyev, and Dmitri Shostakovich. and she or he offers interesting information about testy cocktail-party encounters with Khrushchev, excursions in another country while her meager according to diem allowance introduced her as regards to hunger, and KGB plots to capitalize on her friendship with Robert Kennedy. proficient, brave, and brutally sincere, Plisetskaya brilliantly illuminates the area of Soviet ballet in the course of an period that encompasses either repression and cultural détente.

Still prima ballerina assoluta with the Bolshoi Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya additionally travels worldwide appearing and lecturing. on the Bolshoi’s gala celebrating her seventy fifth birthday, President Vladimir Putin offered her with Russia’s optimum civilian honor, the medal for carrier to the Russian nation, moment measure. Tim Scholl is professor of Russian language and literature at Oberlin collage. Antonina W. Bouis is the prize-winning translator of greater than fifty books, together with fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs via such figures as Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

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Download Beyond Words: Movement Observation and Analysis by Carol-Lynne Moore, Kaoru Yamamoto PDF

By Carol-Lynne Moore, Kaoru Yamamoto

Beyond Words provides quite a number illuminating methods to interpreting on a daily basis social interactions, to assist the reader comprehend human flow in new ways.

Carol-Lynne Moore and Kaoru Yamamoto construct at the ideas that they expertly explored within the first version of the booklet, holding a spotlight at the approaches of flow rather than discussions of static physique language. The authors mix textual dialogue with a brand new set of website-hosted video directions to make sure that readers increase an in-depth knowing of nonverbal conversation, in addition to the paintings of its such a lot influential analyst, Rudolf Laban.

This fully-revised, commonly illustrated moment version incorporates a new advent by means of the authors. It provides a desirable perception into this very important box of analysis, and may be a useful source for students and practitioners in lots of actions, from acting and martial arts, athletics, to healing and non secular practices, clash solution, company interactions, and intercultural relations.

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