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While dance has always been as demanding as contact sports, intuitive boundaries distinguish the two forms of performance for men. Dance is often regarded as a feminine activity, and men who dance are frequently stereotyped as suspect, gay, or somehow unnatural. But what really happens when men dance?

When Men Dance offers a progressive vision that boldly articulates double-standards in gender construction within dance and brings hidden histories to light in a globalized debate. A first of its kind, this trenchant look at the stereotypes and realities of male dancing brings together contributions from leading and rising scholars of dance from around the world to explore what happens when men dance. The dancing male body emerges in its many contexts, from the ballet, modern, and popular dance worlds to stages in Georgian and Victorian England, Weimar Germany, India and the Middle East. The men who dance and those who analyze them tell stories that will be both familiar and surprising for insiders and outsiders alike.

About the Author

Jennifer Fisher is Associate Professor of Dance, University of California - Irvine, and author of Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (2003).

Anthony Shay is Assistant Professor of Dance and Cultural Studies at Pomona College and author or editor of several books, including Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Ensembles, Representation, and Power (2003).

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I ISSUES IN THE PINK AND BLUE WEST

1. Maverick Men in Ballet: Rethinking the "Making it Macho" Strategy

Jennifer Fisher

Kristopher Wojtera

Aaron Cota

2. What We Know About Boys Who Dance: The Limitations of Contemporary Masculinity and Dance Education

Doug Risner

David Allan and Michel Gervais

3. Is Dance a Man's Sport Too? The Performance of Athletic-Coded Masculinity on the Concert Dance Stage

Maura Keefe

Fred Strickler

Rennie Harris

4. Transcending Gender in Ballet's LINES

Jill Nunes Jensen

Christian Burns

5. The Performance of Unmarked Masculinity

Ramsay Burt

Donald McKayle

John Pennington

PART II HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

6. Pricked Dances: The Spectator, Dance, and Masculinity in Early 18th Century England

John Bryce Jordan

Seth Williams

7. Gender Trumps Race? Cross-dressing in Early Blackface Minstrelsy

Stephen Johnson

Paul Babiak: Diary of "Channeling Juba" Rehearsals

8. Ausdruckstanz, Worker's Culture and Masculinity in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s

Yvonne Hardt

Hellmut Gottschild

PART III LEGACIES OF COLONIALISM

9. Invented Hypermasculinity: Colonial Influences on Dance Styles in Egypt, Iran, and Uzbekistan

Anthony Shay

Jamal

10. Native Motion and Imperial Emotion: Male Performers of the 'Orient' and the Politics of the Imperial Gaze

Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

Namus Zokhrabov

11. Ibrahim Farrah: Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Publisher

Barbara Sellers-Young

Saleem Azouka

12. From Gynemimesis to Hyper-Masculinity: The Shifting Orientations of Male Performers of South Indian Court Dance

Hari Krishnan

Naatyaachaarya V.P. Dhananjayan

Arun Mathai

Appendix A: Notes on Personal Histories

Notes on contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195386707
Author:
Fisher, Jennifer (edt)
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Fisher, Jennifer
Editor:
Anthony, Shay
Editor:
Shay, Anthony
Author:
Shay, Anthony
Author:
null, Jennifer
Author:
null, Anthony
Author:
Fisher, Jennifer
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Male dancers.
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Dance
Subject:
Dance - Classical & Ballet
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
MUSIC / Dance
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 photographs
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.06x7.09x.87 in. 1.33 lbs.

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