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In The Tail of the Dragon, Marcia B. Siegel and Nathaniel Tileston track the evolution of new dance in New York during the rich and crucial transitional period from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Siegel, one of Americaandrsquo;s most important dance critics, and Tileston, an accomplished dance photographer, focus on the choreographers who were propelled into rebellion against conventional modern dance by the Judson Dance Theater and other countercultural movements born of the 1960s.

This collection of Siegelandrsquo;s writing, compiled from reviews in Soho Weekly News and New York Magazine, as well as from longer essays and notebook pieces, forms an insightful commentary--occasionally wry, always perceptiveandmdash;on the absorption of a radical art form by the mainstream. From minimalism, improvisation, street dancing, body awareness, and andldquo;poor theaterandrdquo; experimental strategies, these young rebels identified and adopted personal styles of movement and dancemaking; from that, they turned gradually to tamer, more accessible work, marked by virtuosic dancing, proscenium-ready repertoires, and touring companies.

Included in this story are the principal players in the andldquo;postmodernistandrdquo; dance movementandmdash;Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, David Gordonandmdash;now well known internationally as leaders of dance in the 1990s. Siegel also looks at artists who worked steadily but less visibly, influential ones who drifted out of dance, and unknowns who have gained prominence. The dances described here are formal and outlandish, scruffy and beautiful, endearingly fallible and icily perfect.

In rightfully celebrating the importance of dances long forgotten, The Tail of the Dragon produces a vibrant portrait of a generation of dance.

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Dance critic Siegal and photographer Nathanial Tileston track the evolution of new dance in New York during the rich and crucial transition period from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. With 38 b&w photographs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822311669
Subtitle:
New Dance, 1976andndash;1982
Author:
Tileston, Nathaniel
Author:
Siegel
Author:
Tileston, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Location:
Durham, N.C. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Subject:
Modern dance
Subject:
Modern dance -- History.
Subject:
Dance - Classical & Ballet
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
42
Publication Date:
19910919
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 bandw photographs
Pages:
251
Dimensions:
9.14x5.63x.76 in. .94 lbs.

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