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Ancient Dancer in the Modern World Responses To Greek & Roman Dance

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When the eighteenth-century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre sought to develop what is now known as modern ballet, he turned to ancient pantomime as his source of inspiration; and when Isadora Duncan and her contemporaries looked for alternatives to the strictures of classical ballet, they looked to ancient Greek vases for models for what they termed 'natural' movement. This is the first book to examine systematically the long history of the impact of ideas about ancient Greek and Roman dance on modern theatrical and choreographic practices. With contributions from eminent classical scholars, dance historians, theatre specialists, modern literary critics, and art historians, as well as from contemporary practitioners, it offers a very wide conspectus on an under-explored but central aspect of classical reception, dance and theatre history, and the history of ideas.

About the Author

Fiona Macintosh is Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, Reader in the Reception of Greek and Roman Literature, Supernumerary Fellow St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

Introduction, Fiona Macintosh

I. Dance and the Ancient Sources

1. Dead but not Extinct: On Reinventing Pantomime Dancing in Eighteenth-Century England and France, Ismene Lada-Richards

2. 'In Search of a Dead Rat': The Reception of Ancient Greek Dance in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe and America, Frederick Naerebout

3. The Tanagra Effect: Wrapping the Modern Body in the Folds of Ancient Greece, Ann Cooper-Albright

4. Reception or Deception? Approaching Dance through Vase-Painting, Tyler Jo Smith

5. A Pylades for the twentieth century: Fred Astaire and the Aesthetic of Bodily Eloquence, Kathleen Riley

II. Dance and Decadence

6. 'Where there is Dance there is the Devil': Ancient and Modern Representations of Salome, Ruth Webb

7. 'Heroes of the Dance Floor': The Missing Exemplary Male Dancer in the Ancient Sources, Edith Hall

8. Servile Bodies? The Status of the Professional Dancer in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries, Jennifer Thorp

9. Dancing Maenads in Early Twentieth-Century Britain, Fiona Macintosh

III. Dance and Myth

10. Ancient Greece, Dance and the English Masque, Barbara Ravelhofer

11. Dancing with Prometheus: Performance and Spectacle in the 1920s, Pantelis Michelakis

12. From Duncan to Bausch with Iphigenia, Alessandra Zanobi

13. Ancient Myths and Modern Moves: The Greek-Inspired Dance Theatre of Martha Graham, Henrietta Bannerman

14. Iphigenia, Orpheus and Eurydice in the Human Narrative of Pina Bausch, Nadine Meisner

IV. Ancient Dance and the Modern Mind

15. Knowing the Dancer, Knowing the Dance: The Dancer as Decor, Daniel Albright

16. Modernism and Dance: Apollonian or Dionysian?, Sue Jones

17. Dance, Psychoanalysis and Modernist Aesthetics: Martha Graham's `Night Journey', Vanda Zajko

18. Striking a Balance: The Apolline and Dionysiac in Post-Classical Choreography, Arabella Stanger

19. Caryl Churchill and Ian Spink 'allowing the past to speak directly to the present', Richard Cave

V. The Ancient Chorus in Contemporary Performance

20. Staniewski's Secret Alphabet of Gestures: Dance, Body and Metaphysics, Yana Zarifi

21. Gesamtkunstwerk: Modern Moves and the Ancient Chorus, Struan Leslie

22. Red Ladies : Who are they and what do they want?, Suzy Willson and Helen Eastman

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199548101
Subtitle:
Responses to Greek and Roman Dance
Author:
Macintosh, Fiona
Author:
MacIntosh, Fiona
Author:
null, Fiona
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Classical Studies | Classical Literature in Translation
Publication Date:
20101021
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Illustrations:
49 illus.
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 2.3 lb

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