An examination of ancient stories. Topics include storytellers (by region), the basic myths (by theme), and mythology of the region in relation to specific issues, such as sequence, heroic themes, or nationalism. (NK)
Bierlein, J. F.
Ballantine Pub. Group 1994
BL 311 .B54 1994
This book considers the commonalities between the world’s greatest myths and the roles of myth in society over time. The work is based on the premise that understanding myths is an important step toward understanding ourselves. Included is an introduction to the concept of the myth, and sections on the gods of India, the creation myths of India, and at least six other myths from India. (AB)
Blom, Lynne A., L. Tarin Chaplin, and Alma M. Hawkins
The basic assumption behind Blom's and Chaplin's work is that "dance as art comes from an inner source." This leads to a secondary assumption that improvisation is an appropriate tool for choreography. The authors have divided the choreographic process into elements and produced a chapter about each, replete with suggested improvisation, exploratory work, and choreographic assignments. The book is geared toward those who teach dance or choreography, beginning choreographers, and anyone interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of dance. Pilobolus is briefly mentioned as the best-known collective to use multiple bodies together as if they were one, and there are a few exercises elaborated for exploration of this idea. Alvin Ailey is also referenced in context to the energy his choreography incites in the dancers as well as the spectators. There is a short glossary, a special addendum on "the delicate art of teaching choreography," and an index.