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“A Delightful Measure or a Dance”: Synetic Theater and Physical Shakespeare  

Sheila T. Cavanagh

Print publication date:
Mar 2019
Online publication date:
Mar 2020
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter considers work created by the Synetic Theater Company in the Washington, DC, area. Since its inception in 2002, Synetic has produced an award-winning series of “physical ... More

Above and Beyond the Battle: Virtuosity and Collectivity within Televised Street Dance Crew Competitions  

Laura Robinson

Print publication date:
Jan 2019
Online publication date:
Nov 2018
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter explores competitive street dance crew choreography in relation to interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks regarding virtuosity and excess. Through a close analysis of five ... More

Affect, Technique, and Discourse: Being Actively Passive in the Face of History: Reconstruction of Reconstruction  

Gerald Siegmund

Print publication date:
Jan 2018
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Subject:
Music, Dance
Taking its examples from a European context, this chapter describes three possible ways of reenacting history in dance. First, it analyzes Martin Nachbar’s reconstruction of Dore Hoyer’s ... More

Affect-ive moves: Space, Violence, and the Body in ’s Krump Dancing  

Stephanie L. Batiste

Print publication date:
Aug 2014
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter argues that the African American dance practice of krumping editorialized in the 2005 David LaChapelle film RIZE defines a space of home as a system of feeling in early ... More

Afterword: Who Is Competing?  

Susan Leigh Foster

Print publication date:
Jan 2019
Online publication date:
Nov 2018
Subject:
Music, Dance
The Afterword identifies key ideas regarding dance and competition that are collectively generated throughout the book: how dance competition engages matters of identity; how institutions ... More

An Agile Mind in an Agile Body  

Ivar Hagendoorn

Print publication date:
Apr 2019
Online publication date:
Mar 2019
Subject:
Music, Dance
Dancers and choreographers have developed numerous improvisation techniques to facilitate the real-time composition of movement sequences, from simple behavioural tasks, such as drawing ... More

Akram Khan and English National Ballet  

Graham Watts

Print publication date:
Jun 2021
Online publication date:
Apr 2021
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter examines the development of Akram Khan’s choreographic pathway as an aggregate of diverse influences, primarily experienced through issues of identity, otherness, and ... More

Alexei Ratmansky’s Abstract-Narrative Ballet  

Anne Searcy

Print publication date:
Jun 2021
Online publication date:
Apr 2021
Subject:
Music, Dance
Alexei Ratmansky’s works challenge the way that Western critics and choreographers split ballet into abstract and narrative categories. This chapter explains how Western ballet arrived at ... More

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: Voicing Dance  

Jill Nunes Jensen

Print publication date:
Jun 2021
Online publication date:
Apr 2021
Subject:
Music, Dance
San Francisco–based choreographer Alonzo King has long been a visionary in the formation of contemporary ballet in the United States. Supported by his classically trained company, ... More

Amy Seiwert: Okay, Go! Improvising the Future of Ballet  

Ann Murphy

Print publication date:
Jun 2021
Online publication date:
Apr 2021
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter describes the career of Amy Seiwert, a Bay Area choreographer who, over a period twenty years, moved from neoclassical ballerina to full-time contemporary ballet choreographer ... More

“An Interesting Experiment in Eugenics”: Ted Shawn, American Dance, and the Discourses of Sex, Race, and Ethnicity  

Paul A. Scolieri

Print publication date:
Jun 2016
Online publication date:
Oct 2013
The “ethnic dance” movement in the United States is closely associated with Ted Shawn, the “Father of American Dance” (1891–1972). Shawn and his wife and dancing partner, Ruth St. Denis, ... More

“And I Make My Own”: Class Performance, Black Urban Identity, and Depression-Era Harlem’s Physical Culture  

Christopher J. Wells

Print publication date:
Jun 2016
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
This chapter applies spatial practice theory to the intersections of power relations, social spaces, and embodied performance in the dance culture of Great Depression-era Harlem. Tracing ... More

Appreciation, Appropriation, Assimilation: and the Hollywood History of Black Dance  

Susie Trenka

Print publication date:
Aug 2014
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
Subject:
Music, Dance
The black-cast backstage musical Stormy Weather (1943) is the first Hollywood film to explicitly celebrate black achievement. Featuring key figures of African American dance and more black ... More

Artful Humanizing Conversations: Improvisation in Early Years Dance  

Kerry Chappell and Lizzie Swinford

Print publication date:
Apr 2019
Online publication date:
Mar 2019
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter focuses on improvisation in early years dance. It arises from the practice and research interests of the chapter’s two authors. It articulates the dynamics of this practice, ... More

Attending to the Heartbeat in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Improvements in Mood and Quality of Life for Patients with Coronary Heart Disease  

Mariam Mchitarian, Jospeh A. Moutiris, and Vicky Karkou

Print publication date:
Oct 2017
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Subject:
Music, Dance
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Interventions to reduce future events in patients with established CHD include, apart from medical ... More

Audience Improvisation and Immersive Experiences: The Sensuous World of the Body in the Work of Lundahl & Seitl  

Josephine Machon

Print publication date:
Apr 2019
Online publication date:
Mar 2019
Subject:
Music, Dance
Immersive events have evolved the idea and the practice of audience into spontaneous-decision-making improvisers within the work. In concept, content and form, immersive work relies on its ... More

An Australian in Paris: Techno-Choreographic Bohemianism in  

Clare Parfitt-Brown

Print publication date:
Aug 2014
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
Subject:
Music, Dance
Reviewers of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001) often claimed to be bombarded, overloaded, or pathologically infected by the film’s rapid-fire imagery and eclectic cultural references. ... More

Authentic Movement and the Relationship of Embodied Spirituality to Health and Wellbeing  

Zoe Avstreih

Print publication date:
Oct 2017
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter explores the possibility of a relationship between spiritual practices and some of the many facets of wellbeing. It considers the distinction between religion and spirituality ... More

Authentic Movement as a Practice for Wellbeing  

Jane Bacon

Print publication date:
Oct 2017
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Subject:
Music, Dance
Practitioners working with the somatic practice of Authentic Movement often employ a holistic notion of wellbeing that includes psyche, soma, and spirit. This approach is widely believed to ... More

Authenticity and Ethnicity: Folk Dance, Americanization, and the Immigrant Body in the Early Twentieth Century  

Jessica Ray Herzogenrath

Print publication date:
Jun 2016
Online publication date:
Jan 2013
During the Progressive Era, settlement workers attempted to regulate dance both within and outside settlement house walls as a method to instill proper “American” body behaviors, ... More

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