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The Art of Making Dances
Written just before the author's death in 1958, this book is an autobiography in art, a gathering of experiences in performance, and a lucid and practical source book on choreography.
The Intimate Act of Choreography
Covers all aspects of choreography from the most fundamental techniques to more complex issues such as form, style, abstraction and compositional structures.
Publication Date: 2004-12-07
Dance composition - the discipline that translates ideas into dances - is an important part of dance education. For over twenty years, Dance Composition has been the leading guide to creative success in dance making, useful to everyone interested in dance composition, at both high school and college levels. This revised and updated edition includes a new chapter exploring creative processes in relation to composing dances.
Speaking of Dance
Publication Date: 2004-10-11
Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers onTheir Craftdelves into the choreographic processes of some of America's most engaging and revolutionary dancemakers. Based on personal interviews, the book's narratives reveal the methods and quests of, among others, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, and Mark Morris. Morgenroth shows how the ideas, craft, and passion that go into their work have led these choreographers to disrupt known forms and expectations. The history of dance in the making is revealed through the stories of these intelligent, articulate, and witty dance masters.
Hiking the Horizontal
Publication Date: 2011-04-04
The unique career of choreographer Liz Lerman has taken her from theater stages to shipyards, and from synagogues to science labs. In this wide-ranging collection of essays and articles, she reflects on her life-long exploration of dance as a vehicle for human insight and understanding of the world around us. Lerman has been described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art." Here, she combines broad outlooks on culture and society with practical applications and accessible stories. Her expansive scope encompasses the craft, structure, and inspiration that bring theatrical works to life as well as the applications of art in fields as diverse as faith, aging, particle physics, and human rights law. Offering readers a gentle manifesto describing methods that bring a horizontal focus to bear on a hierarchical world, this is the perfect book for anyone curious about the possible role for art in politics, science, community, motherhood, and the media.
Publication Date: 1997-11-28
Feminist theory illuminates the radical cultural work of contemporary dance.
Writing about Dance
Publication Date: 2010-01-11
Writing About Dance guides students through various processes of writing about dance, from the informal (journal writing and free writing) to the formal (critiques, essays, and research papers). When students learn both practical and artistic aspects of writing, they become better critical thinkers and writers as they deepen their understanding of dance technique, dance creativity, and dance as an art form. This book includes • 14 teacher-tested writing exercises, ranging from reflection to the creative process to writing about dance, that are appropriate for all dance classes; • rubrics for evaluating critiques, essays, and research papers; • an appendix that helps students prepare to write dance critiques; and • easy-to-use checklists to facilitate writing assignments and help students organize their thoughts and address aspects of each type of dance writing.