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  • Poetics of Danceby Gabriele Brandstetter

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 40.99

    The book looks at dance at the beginnings of the 20th century, the time during which modern dance first began to make its radical departure from the aesthetics of classical ballet. Author Gabriele Brandstetter traces modern dance's connection to new innovations and trends in visual and literary arts to argue that modern dance is in fact the preeminent... more...

  • Martha Graham in Love and Warby Mark Franko

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    Often called the Picasso, Stravinksy, or Frank Lloyd Wright of the dance world, Martha Graham revolutionized ballet stages across the globe. Using newly discovered archival sources, choreographer and award-winning dance historian Mark Franko reframes Graham's most famous creations, those from the World War II era, by showing how she wove together... more...

  • Dancing Jewishby Rebecca Rossen

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 30.99

    Jewish choreographers have not only been vital contributors to American modern and postmodern dance, but they have also played a critical and unacknowledged role in American Jewish culture. Dancing Jewish delineates this rich history, demonstrating how, over the twentieth century, dance enabled American Jews to grapple with identity, difference,... more...

  • Dancers as Diplomatsby Clare Croft

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 19.99

    Dancers as Diplomats chronicles the role of dance and dancers in American cultural diplomacy, telling the story of how these tours in shaped and sometimes re-imagined ideas of America in unexpected, often sensational circumstances-pirouetting in Moscow as the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded and dancing in Burma in the days just before the country held... more...

  • Choreographies of 21st Century Warsby Gay Morris; Jens Richard Giersdorf

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 38.99

    Choreographies of 21st Century Wars is the first book to analyze the interface between choreography and contemporary warfare, a pertinent inquiry since choreography has long been linked to war and military training. Authors from a range of disciplines reconceptualize choreography in the face of this century's never ending wars. more...

  • Never Far from Dancingby Barbara Newman

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 29.33

    A series of interviews with some of the foremost dancers in twentieth-century ballet, Never Far from Dancing reflects on the paths that their careers have taken since they retired from the stage. Barbara Newman has expertly edited each of her interviews to read as a monologue, addressing every aspect of ballet, from its styles and technical demands... more...

  • Mastering Movementby John Hodgson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 33.15

    Like Picasso in painting, Stravinsky in music, or Stanislavski in theatre, Rudolf Laban (1879–1958) has been a seminal influence in contemporary arts. This is the first major study of Laban's movement theories and practice, exploring the ideas on mastering movement and giving the reader a practical understanding of balance and harmony in the human... more...

  • Dance Discoursesby Susanne Franco; Marina Nordera

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 38.26

    Focusing on politics, gender, and identities, a group of international dance scholars provide a broad overview of new methodological approaches – with specific case studies – and how they can be applied to the study of ballet and modern dance. With an introduction exploring the history of dance studies and the development of central themes and... more...

  • Preserving Dance Across Time and Spaceby Lynn Matluck Brooks; Joellen A. Meglin

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 47.18

    Dance is the art least susceptible to preservation since its embodied, kinaesthetic nature has proven difficult to capture in notation and even in still or moving images. However, frameworks have been established and guidance made available for keeping dances, performances, and choreographers’ legacies alive so that the dancers of today and tomorrow... more...

  • Eight Female Classical Ballet Variationsby Nina Danilova

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 26.99

    From the graceful flutter of Princess Florine at Sleeping Beauty's wedding to the playful jetées in the first act of Giselle , the variation - or short solo work - is one of the key elements of classical ballet. Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations lays out eight of the most important variations in the ballerina's repertoire, demonstrating... more...