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Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey

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In 1930, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham proclaimed the arrival of "dance as an art of and from America." Dancers such as Doris Humphrey, Ted Shawn, Katherine Dunham, and Helen Tamiris joined Graham in creating a new form of dance, and, like other modernists, they experimented with and argued over their aesthetic innovations, to which they assigned great meaning.

Their innovations, however, went beyond aesthetics. While modern dancers devised new ways of moving bodies in accordance with many modernist principles, their artistry was indelibly shaped by their place in society. Modern dance was distinct from other artistic genres in terms of the people it attracted: white women (many of whom were Jewish), gay men, and African American men and women. Women held leading roles in the development of modern dance on stage and off; gay men recast the effeminacy often associated with dance into a hardened, heroic, American athleticism; and African Americans contributed elements of social, African, and Caribbean dance, even as their undervalued role defined the limits of modern dancers' communal visions. Through their art, modern dancers challenged conventional roles and images of gender, sexuality, race, class, and regionalism with a view of American democracy that was confrontational and participatory, authorial and populist.

Modern Bodies exposes the social dynamics that shaped American modernism and moved modern dance to the edges of society, a place both provocative and perilous.

Synopsis:

Traces the evolution of modern dance, noting the contributions of such performers as Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Ted Shawn while revealing the social dynamics that shaped American modernism and how it challenged conventional roles. Simultaneous. (Performing Arts)

Synopsis:

Tracing the development of modern dance through the 1930s and 1940s, Foulkes shows how dancers including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Ted Shawn, Helen Tamiris, Jerome Robbins, and Alvin Ailey created a new American art form.

Table of Contents

Manifesto — Pioneer women — Primitive moderns — Men must dance — Organizing dance — Dancing America — Dance in war — Coda: The revelations of Alvin Ailey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807862025
Subtitle:
Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Creator:
Julia L. Foulkes
Author:
Julia L. Foulkes
Author:
Foulkes, Julia L.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern dance
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Subject:
Dance - History
Subject:
Dance - Modern
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
American Studies; Theatre and Drama/Performing Arts; Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
Modern dance -- United States -- History.
Subject:
American Studies; Theatre
Subject:
Drama/Performing Arts; Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
Dance-Theory and History
Subject:
Martha Graham
Subject:
Doris Humphrey
Subject:
Ted Shawn
Subject:
Katherine Dunham
Subject:
Helen Tamiris
Subject:
African-American
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
American Modernism
Subject:
Pearl Primus
Subject:
American studies
Subject:
Theatre
Subject:
Drama/Performing Arts
Subject:
Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020909
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
257

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Dance » General
Arts and Entertainment » Dance » Modern
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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey
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"Synopsis" by , Traces the evolution of modern dance, noting the contributions of such performers as Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Ted Shawn while revealing the social dynamics that shaped American modernism and how it challenged conventional roles. Simultaneous. (Performing Arts)
"Synopsis" by , Tracing the development of modern dance through the 1930s and 1940s, Foulkes shows how dancers including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Ted Shawn, Helen Tamiris, Jerome Robbins, and Alvin Ailey created a new American art form.
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