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The Blues Aesthetic and the Making of American Identity in the Literature of the South



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The Blues Aesthetic and the Making of American Identity in the Literature of the South


Peter Lang Publishing, 2003

PS 261 .B23 2003


Banes, Sally
Before, Between, and Beyond: Three Decades of Dance Writing

University of Wisconsin Press, 2007

GV1599 .B36 2007

Before, Between, and Beyond is a collection of Banes’ writing of more than 30 years. It includes essays from her time as a dance critic, and her years in academia, and some of her lectures on dance. The book is divided into three major sections and is organized chronologically. The first section is dedicated to Banes’s early dance reviews. These reviews are a record of some early performances of many noteworthy choreographers of today including, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Pilobolus, and Molissa Fenley. Part two contains essays concerning how dance connects to different disciplines in and out of the art world. She writes specifically about dance in film and music in dance. She delves into issues of copyright law, unions, dancers’ rights, and politics in the art world of New York City. Lastly, her essays address the often-oppositional relationship between institutionalized academia and avant-garde art. Section three includes Banes’s dance writings since the year 2000. Here, she adopts a more narrow view while trying to “contextualize dance in larger cultural frames” (9). She looks into how dance relates to the mainstream in movies and on MTV. She also looks at current issue of beauty in ballet, and same-sex partnering. Before, Between, and Beyond is suitable for anyone interested in dance, the arts in general, or in journalism.
Banes, Sally




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