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Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey: The Creative Impulse of Reconstruction (Studies in Dance History)by Lesley Main
Synopses & Reviews
Composing while Dancing: An Improviserandrsquo;s Companion examines the world of improvisational dance and the varied approaches to this art form. By introducing the improvisational strategies of twenty-six top contemporary artists of movement improvisation, Melinda Buckwalter offers a practical primer to the dance form. Each chapter focuses on an important aspect of improvisation including spatial relations, the eyes, and the dancing image. Included are sample practices from the artists profiled, exercises for further research, and a glossary of terms. Buckwalter gathers history, methods, interviews, and biographies in one book to showcase the many facets of improvisational dance and create an invaluable reference for dancers and dance educators.
Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey looks inside four of Doris Humphreyandrsquo;s major choreographic worksandmdash;Water Study (1928), The Shakers (1931), With My Red Fires (1936), and Passacaglia (1938)andmdash;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.
and#160;and#160;and#160; Drawing upon her own dance experience, Mainandrsquo;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 Humphreyandrsquo;s dance tradition, director of the Doris Humphrey Foundation UK, and principal lecturer on dance at Middlesex University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Prologue: Negotiating a Living Past
Chasing the Ephemeral
Exploring the Creative Impulse
With My Red Fires
Epilogue: Dancing the Past Tomorrow
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