Dancing Women provides a feminist perspective on dance history since the early 19th century. Romantic ballet, Russian Imperial ballet, early modern dance, and modern ballet are discussed. Women’s images, including seductive sylphs, reluctant brides, and tyrannical mothers, are investigated.
Wesleyan University Press 1994
GV 1623 .B36 1994
Ms. Banes a professor of dance and theater history at the University of Wisconsin, traces the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzes artists and their performances and discusses cultural influences on dance. Other topics include politics and popular dance, postmodern dance from the 1960s to the 1990s and mainstream dance and its “counterstreams.”
Baraka, Imamu Amiri
Blues People: Negro Music in White America
New York: Morrow 1963
Fine Arts ML 3556 .J73
LeRoi Jones, a playwright and radical essayist also known as Amiri Baraka, traces the history of African American music, particularly the blues, throughout American history. From the Middle Passage to the music scene of the 1960s, Jones explores how African American culture has remained such a dominant force within all forms of music. Always a political rhetorician, Jones pays close attention to what he sees as a forced integration of African Americans into the American value system. Blues, and its offspring jazz, are thoroughly examined in the context of their role in the American social, cultural, and political dynamics.
Barba, Eugenio and Nicola Savaresse
Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer
PN 2041 .A57 A5313 1991
Theater anthropology is the study of the human being using its physical and mental presence in organized performance and according to principles different from daily life. It is called a technique, combining individual artistic and cultural variants. The performer learns the technique and then personalizes it. The book analyzes the difference between oriental and occidental performance. More than a dictionary, it will be of interest to the serious student and teacher of movement.