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My thesis research involves pregnancy, motherhood, and women in contemporary modern dance. As a cultural body, the pregnant body is highly complex. It defies simple definition, is highly symbolic, and often holds conflicting connotations. For any women the decision to have a child is monumental, but for dancing women, whose bodies are their means of livelihood, the decision is even weightier.
Choreographing Identities by Anthony ShayCompiled in great part from the author's own personal dance experience, this volume looks at how various cultures use dance as a visual representation of their identity, and how "traditional" dances change over time.
Call Number: MD 1623 .S42 C46 2006
Publication Date: 2006-08-09
The American Dance Festival's dancing in the light: six dances by African-American choreographers by Asadata DaforaThe American Dance Festival presents Dancing in the Light, a one-hour modern dance television program showcasing 6 historic dance compositions by African American choreographers. All of the dances were originally recorded for the Emmy Award-winning series Free to Dance, a three-hour documentary that aired on PBS in 2001 as part of the Great Performances: Dance in America series. While Free to Dance uses select excerpts from the dances to inform its narrative within a historical context, Dancing in the Light features six dances in their entirety or in the case of one work, a complete section. The dances include: Ostrich (1932) by Asadata Dafora, Barrelhouse Blues (1943) by Katherine Dunham, Strange Fruit (1943) by Pearl Primus, Mourner's Bench (1947) by Talley Beatty, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1959) by Donald Mc Kayle, First Section of D-Man in the Waters (1989) by Bill T. Jones.
Call Number: MD 1624.7 .A34 A63 2007 DVD
Publication Date: 2007
The Body, the Dance and the Text by Brynn Wein Shiovitz (Editor)"This collection of new essays explores the many ways in which writing relates to corporeality and how the two work together to create, resist or mark the body of the "Other." Contributors draw on their varied backgrounds to examine different movement practices, with a focus on movement as a meaning-making process--including the choreographic act of writing"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: MD 1588.6 .B64 2019
Publication Date: 2019-01-16
Flamenco Nation by Sandie Eleanor HolguínHow did flamenco - a song and dance form associated with both a despised ethnic minority in Spain and a region frequently derided by Spaniards - become so inexorably tied to the country's identity? The author focuses on the history of the form and how reactions to the performances transformed from disgust to reverence over the course of two centuries
Call Number: DP 48 .H76 2019
Publication Date: 2019-06-11
Bill T. Jones: Solos by Bill T. JonesA major figure on the contemporary choreography scene, Bill T. Jones is also a remarkable dancer and a performer with an electrifying stage presence. Here, alone in a studio and filmed from a totally cinematic point of view, he speaks to us of violence, gentleness and emotion in three short pieces: Ionization, to music by Edgar Varèse; Chaconne, from J.-S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in D Minor; and Tea for Two, which uses Blossom Dearie’s version of the classic song. Bonuses on The Dancing Man include interviews with the choreographer, master classes and dance excerpts.
Beyond the steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by Phil Bertelsen, directorAward-winning filmmaker Phil Bertelsen offers a rare backstage look at one of America s oldest modern dance companies at a defining moment in its history--as it settles into its own permanent home and training facility in New York City. Set against the construction of the new dance center and the creation of a new dance, every bit of passion, talent, and hard work that goes into keeping a company running is on display. The troupe seamlessly weaves from rehearsal to a triumphant tour in Russia, back to their new dream-come-true digs in Manhattan. BEYOND THE STEPS intertwines the dancers individual tragedies and triumphs with breathtaking performance footage from their journey, shining a spotlight on the story of one of America s most beloved cultural institutions. Visually stunning and emotionally poignant, the film provides a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of modern dance.
Call Number: MD 1786 .A34 B47 2007 DVD
Publication Date: 2007
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: four by Ailey by Alvin AileyThe four ballets presented on this tape show not just the Ailey company at its best, but serve as a sort of testament to Ailey himself. Two of the works ("Divining" and "The Stack-Up") are works by two choreographers among many Ailey made a "home" for; the former work is by former Ailey dancer and current Artistic Director Judith Jamison, the latter by the late Katherine Dunham protege Talley Beatty.
Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities by Amanda Williamson (Editor); Glenna Batson (Editor); Sarah Whatley (Editor); Rebecca Weber (Editor)"Presenting a rich mosaic of embodied contemporary narratives in spirituality and movement studies, this book explicitly studies the relationship between spirituality and the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education. It is the first scholarly text to focus on contemporary spirituality within the domain of dance and somatic movement studies. ...[It] brings together prominent authors and practitioners in order to elucidate how a wide range of sacred narratives/spiritualities are informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. As well as providing new insights and promoting creative/artistic awareness, this seminal text de-mystifies the spiritual/sacred and brings clarity and academic visibility to this largely uncharted and often misrepresented subject."--Back cover
Dance and Politics by Dana MillsMoving beyond boundaries: writing on the body -- 'I dreamed of a different dance': Isadora Duncan's danced revolution -- 'The body says what words cannot': Martha Graham, dance and politics -- 'I want to tell them how I feel and how black people feel': gumboot dance in South Africa -- Dancing the ruptured body: One Billion Rising, dance and gendered violence -- Dancing human rights -- Conclusions: the dancer of the future dancing radical hope.