The Dance Technique of Lester Horton

Author: Marjorie B. Perces

Publisher: Dance Horizons

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 205

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A guide to the principles of dance and training developed by Lester Horton. It includes a foreword by Alvin Ailey, reminiscences of early Lester Horton technique by Bella Lewitzky, and a three-dimensional portrait of the life and work of Lester Horton by Jana Frances-Fischer.

Martha Graham

The Evolution of Her Dance Theory and Training

Author: Marian Horosko

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813024738

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 274

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"A much-needed update to Horosko's earlier book on Graham, offering an insightful look into the world of Martha Graham from those who worked very closely with her throughout the years."--Elizabeth Bergmann, dance director, Harvard University Marian Horosko brings together new and previously published interviews of Martha Graham's "family" of dancers, teachers, choreographers, and actors and interweaves them with provocative biographical material about the life and influence of the creator of classic modern dance. Spanning the past seventy-five years, the interviews testify to the remarkable legacy that inspired the careers of many in the dance world, among them dancers from the contemporary generation who inherited her technique but never saw her perform. The interviews of teachers, all former Graham students, reflect their passion for maintaining Graham's few fixed principles and her emotional integrity. Some of the foremost actors of Graham's time (she died in 1991) describe their stormy encounters with her in the process of her attempts to teach them that "movement doesn't lie." Although not a textbook--no textbook describing the exercises exists--this book offers the only syllabus in print of Graham's work. Drawn from a private film of a class for her advanced and professional company members in the 1960s, it includes comments from Graham and testifies to her use of imagery in teaching. Photographs that capture the dancers' physical configuration document the development of Graham's choreographic legacy, which expanded and changed as she created each new work, more than 200 in all. These images, along with the interviews and commentary, plot the evolution of Graham's methodology and vocabulary of movement, on which classical modern dance continues to rely. Marian Horosko, a former member of the New York City Ballet, is the author or editor of five books on dance.

Modern Bodies

Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey

Author: Julia L. Foulkes

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807862025

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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In 1930, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham proclaimed the arrival of "dance as an art of and from America." Dancers such as Doris Humphrey, Ted Shawn, Katherine Dunham, and Helen Tamiris joined Graham in creating a new form of dance, and, like other modernists, they experimented with and argued over their aesthetic innovations, to which they assigned great meaning. Their innovations, however, went beyond aesthetics. While modern dancers devised new ways of moving bodies in accordance with many modernist principles, their artistry was indelibly shaped by their place in society. Modern dance was distinct from other artistic genres in terms of the people it attracted: white women (many of whom were Jewish), gay men, and African American men and women. Women held leading roles in the development of modern dance on stage and off; gay men recast the effeminacy often associated with dance into a hardened, heroic, American athleticism; and African Americans contributed elements of social, African, and Caribbean dance, even as their undervalued role defined the limits of modern dancers' communal visions. Through their art, modern dancers challenged conventional roles and images of gender, sexuality, race, class, and regionalism with a view of American democracy that was confrontational and participatory, authorial and populist. Modern Bodies exposes the social dynamics that shaped American modernism and moved modern dance to the edges of society, a place both provocative and perilous.

Modern Dance, Negro Dance

Race in Motion

Author: Susan Manning

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816637362

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 291

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Two traditionally divided strains of American dance, Modern Dance and Negro Dance, are linked through photographs, reviews, film, and oral history, resulting in a unique view of the history of American dance.

Alien Bodies

Representations of Modernity, 'Race' and Nation in Early Modern Dance

Author: Ramsay Burt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134758340

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Alien Bodies is a fascinating examination of dance in Germany, France, and the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. Ranging across ballet and modern dance, dance in the cinema and Revue, Ramsay Burt looks at the work of European, African American, and white American artists. Among the artists who feature are: * Josephine Baker * Jean Borlin * George Balanchine * Jean Cocteau * Valeska Gert * Katherine Dunham * Fernand Leger * Kurt Jooss * Doris Humphrey Concerned with how artists responded to the alienating experiences of modern life, Alien Bodies focuses on issues of: * national and 'racial' identity * the new spaces of modernity * fascists uses of mass spectacles * ritual and primitivism in modern dance * the 'New Woman' and the slender modern body

Composing a World

Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer

Author: Leta E. Miller,Fredric Lieberman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252071881

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 381

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Since its original publication, Composing a World by Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman has become the definitive work on the prolific California composer Lou Harrison, often cited as one of America's most original and influential figures. Composing a World presents a compelling and deeply human portrait of an exceptionally beloved pioneer in American music. This paperback edition is an updated version of the highly acclaimed Lou Harrison: Composing a World . The product of extensive research, as well as seventy-five interviews with the composer and those associated with him over half a century, this new edition features an updated works catalog reflecting compositions completed after 1997, adds a brief description of the circumstances of Harrison's death, and corrects a few minor errors. and a CD featuring over 74 minutes of illustrative Harrison compositions, including several unique and previously unrecorded works. Since its original publication, Composing a World by Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman has become the definitive work on the prolific California composer Lou Harrison, often cited as one of America's most original and influential figures. Composing a World presents a compelling and deeply human portrait of an exceptionally beloved pioneer in American music. Harrison: Composing a World . The product of extensive research, as well as seventy-five interviews with the composer and those associated with him over half a century, this new edition features an updated works catalog reflecting compositions completed after 1997, adds a brief description of the circumstances of Harrison's death, and corrects a few minor errors. It also includes an annotated works-list detailing more than 300 compositions and a CD featuring over 74 minutes of illustrative Harrison compositions, including several unique and previously unrecorded works. Extending beyond simple biography, Composing a World includes chapters on music and dance, intonation and tuning, instrument building, music criticism, political activism, homosexuality, and Harrison's Asian influences, among other topics. This indispensable study of Harrison's life and works--currently out of print--will be welcomed back by performing artists, students, and scholars of American music.

Night's Dancer

The Life of Janet Collins

Author: Yaël Tamar Lewin,Janet Collins

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819571156

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Winner of the The Marfield Prize / National Award for Arts Writing (2011) Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Night’s Dancer chronicles the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. During her career, Collins endured an era in which racial bias prevailed, and subsequently prevented her from appearing in the South. Nonetheless, her brilliant performances transformed the way black dancers were viewed in ballet. The book begins with an unfinished memoir written by Collins in which she gives a captivating account of her childhood and young adult years, including her rejection by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Dance scholar Yaël Tamar Lewin then picks up the thread of Collins’s story. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Collins and her family, friends, and colleagues to explore Collins’s development as a dancer, choreographer, and painter, Lewin gives us a profoundly moving portrait of an artist of indomitable spirit. Ebook Edition Note: The John Martin review on pages 122-123 has been redacted.

Modern dance

Author: Mary Wigman,Virginia Stewart

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Modern dance

Page: 107

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Salome

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Xist Publishing

ISBN: 1681950863

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 63

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Wilde’s French Tragic Play “Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Only in mirrors should one look, for mirrors do but show us masks.” - Oscar Wilde, Salome Written in French, Salome by Oscar Wilde is the theatrical reproduction of the famous Biblical story with the same name. Salome is the daughter of Herod and requests his father to meet Jokanaan (John the Baptist) who is his prisoner. The father grants her daughter’s wish and Salome falls in love with John. The holy man rejects Salome but she isn’t quite ready to give up yet. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton

Author: Bradley Shelver

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781482392784

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

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A Performance link between the Biography of Lester Horton and his Dance Technique. Bradley Shelver explores the training and performance potentials of Horton's Technique. Through his own experiences with dancing and teaching, Shelver explains the benefits and comparisons between the Horton Technique and other dance training tools. With photographs by Torben Rasmussen, the book gives a detailed glimpse of the past and future of the Dance Technique of Lester Horton. Introduction is written by Ana Marie Forsythe.

Revelations

The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey

Author: A. Peter Bailey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780735100800

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 210

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The distinguished dancer and choreographer recalls his childhood in rural Texas, his search for identity, and the individuals that shaped his life and career

Dance and Fashion

Author: Valerie Steele

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300208856

Category: Design

Page: 368

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The first book to explore the synergy between dance and fashion, featuring a wide range of dance-fashion collaborations and inspirations

The Song of Hiawatha

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,Christine Hall,Martin Coles,Emma Shaw-Smith

Publisher: Longman

ISBN: 9780582527706

Category: Readers (Elementary)

Page: 24

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Genre Range for ages 5-11: *Provides exciting and engaging texts from all the fiction genres children need to experience and understand.*Offers rich opportunities for speaking and listening through playscripts and poetry ranging from classics to contemporary.*Provides easily manageable drama for study and performance in the classroom and an introduction to Shakespeare in Key Stage 2.*Especially motivates and supports reluctant readers through accessible, visual genres such as comic strips and Access texts for ages 9-11.*Provides varied models for writing for comparison, discussion and practice with letters and diaries providing particularly supportive examples of written communication.*Simple integration of assessment for learning into class teaching is provided in the Teaching Notes which ensure children's reading and writing skills progress at word, sentence and text level.*Accessible Teaching Notes and Activity sheets ensure teachers, teaching assistants and parents are all able to contribute to teaching and learning.

Media and the American Mind

From Morse to McLuhan

Author: Daniel J. Czitrom

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807841075

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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In a fascinating and comprehensive intellectual history of modern communication in America, Daniel Czitrom examines the continuing contradictions between the progressive possibilities that new communications technologies offer and their use as instruments

Making Music for Modern Dance

Collaboration in the Formative Years of a New American Art

Author: Katherine Teck

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199743215

Category: Music

Page: 366

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Making Music for Modern Dance traces the collaborative approaches, working procedures, and aesthetic views of the artists who forged a new and distinctly American art form during the first half of the 20th century. The book offers riveting first-hand accounts from innovative artists in the throes of their creative careers and provides a cross-section of the challenges faced by modern choreographers and composers in America. These articles are complemented by excerpts from astute observers of the music and dance scene as well as by retrospective evaluations of past collaborative practices. Beginning with the careers of pioneers Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn, and continuing through the avant-garde work of John Cage for Merce Cunningham, the book offers insights into the development of modern dance in relation to its music. Editor Katherine Teck's introductions and afterword offer historical context and tie the artists' essays in with collaborative practices in our own time. The substantive notes suggest further materials of interest to students, practicing dance artists and musicians, dance and music history scholars, and to all who appreciate dance.

The American Dance Festival

Author: Jack Anderson

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822306832

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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The American Dance Festival has been a magnet drawing together diverse artists, styles, theories, and dance training methods; from this creative mix the ADF has emerged as the sponsor of performances by some of the greatest choreographers and dance companies of our time. Jack Anderson traces the development of ADF from its beginnings in New England to its seasons at Duke University. He displays the ADF for the multidimensional creature it is—a center for performances, a school for the best young dancers in the country, and a provider of community and professional services.

A Young Dancer

The Life of an Ailey Student

Author: Valerie Gladstone,Jose Ivey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805082333

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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This exciting picture book introduces readers to the world of dance by following Iman Bright, a thirteen-year-old student at the prestigious Ailey School in New York City, as she gets ready for a performance with her fellow students.