This essay recognizes the humanities as a source of wisdom. It further establishes the need for a value system in education. The author addresses aesthetic education, the teaching of virtue and the failure to act in accordance with acknowledged norms. This is an abstract, philosophical treatise that can serve as additional reading. (HP)
Brown, Jean, Charles H. Woodford, and Mindlin Naomi, Eds.
Vision of Modern Dance: In the Words of its Creators
Princeton Book Company, 1998
Fine Arts GV 1783 .V58
The Vision of Modern Dance presents the history of the form through the writings and discourse of its greatest representatives. This revised edition of a 1979 work divides the entries into five sections: "The Forerunners," "The Four Pioneers," "The Second Generation," "The New Rebels," and "The New Vision," adding 13 new voices to the 20 earlier selections. In addition to its presentation of a primary narrative of development, the book includes an interview, "Talking with Pilobolus," transcribed from a 1976 conversation with Martha Clarke, Alison Chase, Moses Pendleton, and Robby Barnett, four of the troupe's five founders.
Bruner directs his attention to how current psychological thinking has become more about “the mind as information processor” rather than about how meaning is created. Topics include: folk psychology as an instrument of culture; how psychology is inseparable from anthropology and other cultural sciences; discussions of narrative, meaning, language, and the influence of culture. There are many examples for teachers of how narrative can be used in the schools. (MN)
The first half of this book, A Tapper’s Life, is a chronological memoir. Divided into chapters, it begins in childhood but focuses on the author’s many personal realizations throughout her artistic journey. In the second half of the book, Tap Techniques and Theory, Bufalino focuses on her methodologies for teaching and practicing tap dance. Throughout the book, Bufalino encourages readers to find their individual voice, or “timbre.” She continually reflects on her philosophy, including her strong conviction that we create art based on the environment around us and that everyone has something to express. This recurring theme and her obvious love of learning and teaching make this book relevant for a broad audience. Bufalino’s emphasis on the individual voice of the dancer and the importance of personal expression may make this book particularly relevant to Fly, in which a tap dancer becomes the means of expressing the private thoughts and emotions of the Tuskegee Airmen.