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Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey: The Creative Impulse of Reconstruction (Studies in Dance History)

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Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey looks inside four of Doris Humphrey’s major choreographic works—Water Study (1928), The Shakers (1931), With My Red Fires (1936), and Passacaglia (1938)—with an eye to how directorial strategies applied in recent contemporized stagings in the United States and Europe could work across the modern and contemporary dance genre. Author Lesley Main, a seasoned practitioner of Doris Humphrey choreography, stresses to the reader the need to balance respect for classical works from the modern dance repertory with the necessity for fresh directorial strategies, to balance between traditional practices and a creative role for the reconstructor.

    Drawing upon her own dance experience, Main’s book addresses an area of dance research and practice that is becoming increasingly pertinent as the dancer-choreographers of the 20th century modern and contemporary dance are no longer alive to attend to the re-stagings of the body of their works. Insightful and thought-provoking, Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey calls for the creation of new forms of directorial practice in dance beyond reconstruction. The radical new practices it proposes to replace the old are sure to spark debate and fresh thinking across the dance field.

About the Author

Lesley Main is a leading European exponent of Doris Humphrey’s dance tradition, director of the Doris Humphrey Foundation UK, and principal lecturer on dance at Middlesex University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   

Acknowledgments   

 

Prologue: Negotiating a Living Past   

 

Part One

Chasing the Ephemeral   

 

Part Two

Exploring the Creative Impulse   

Water Study   

Passacaglia   

With My Red Fires   

The Shakers   

 

Epilogue: Dancing the Past Tomorrow   

 

Notes   

Bibliography   

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299285845
Author:
Main, Lesley
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Subject:
Dance - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in Dance History
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 b/w illus.
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey looks inside four of Doris Humphrey’s major choreographic works—Water Study (1928), The Shakers (1931), With My Red Fires (1936), and Passacaglia (1938)—with an eye to how directorial strategies applied in recent contemporized stagings in the United States and Europe could work across the modern and contemporary dance genre. Author Lesley Main, a seasoned practitioner of Doris Humphrey choreography, stresses to the reader the need to balance respect for classical works from the modern dance repertory with the necessity for fresh directorial strategies, to balance between traditional practices and a creative role for the reconstructor.

    Drawing upon her own dance experience, Main’s book addresses an area of dance research and practice that is becoming increasingly pertinent as the dancer-choreographers of the 20th century modern and contemporary dance are no longer alive to attend to the re-stagings of the body of their works. Insightful and thought-provoking, Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey calls for the creation of new forms of directorial practice in dance beyond reconstruction. The radical new practices it proposes to replace the old are sure to spark debate and fresh thinking across the dance field.

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