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Modern Bodies : Dance and American Modernism From Martha Graham To Alvin Ailey (02 Edition)

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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.

About the Author

Julia Foulkes is a core faculty member of New School University in New York City, where she teaches history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807853672
Author:
Foulkes, Julia L.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Foulkes, Julia L.
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Subject:
Dance - Modern
Subject:
Modern dance
Subject:
Dance - History
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:
American studies
Subject:
Theatre
Subject:
Drama/Performing Arts
Subject:
Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
Theatre & Drama/Performing Arts
Subject:
Dance-Theory and History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States (Paperback)
Series Volume:
[no. 582]
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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