Merce Cunningham draws before he dances. Danny Grossman takes a shot of brandy to overcome his fears. Mark Morris works through music first - the dance comes as an afterthought. Dance Masters presents never-before-published interviews with some of the great names of the dance world, both dancers and choreographers. In these sparkling exchanges with seven leading figures from the world of dance, Janet Lynn Roseman gets to the heart of her subject: how a dancer or choreographer envisions creation and performance, the person's dreams and rituals, fears and disappointments. We learn how these dance masters feel about the effect of audience response, what coaches demand, how it feels to perform, even how one makes a dance. Giving the reader a rare firsthand connection to the creative process, Dance Masters proves that the most transient of arts can be made to speak. Featured subjects: Merce Cunningham, Danny Grossman, Alonzo King, Mark Morris, Michael Smuin, Catherine Turocy, Edward Villella
"Roseman's questions reveal a deep understanding of and sensitivity to dance and often prompt revealing responses about the creative process, the future of dance, and the feelings of movement. Great art has an element of magic that is not easily defined, but Roseman's interviews will certainly add to the understanding of what goes into making and communicating movement.."
"In these sparkling exchanges with seven leading figures from the world of dance, Janet Lynn Roseman gets to the heart of her subject--how a dancer or choreographer envisions creation and performance, the person's dreams and rituals, fears and disappointments.."
...""Dance Mastersprovides many important insights.."
..."Roseman is to be commended for her choice of these personalities Their eloquence with words, combined with her questions and comments, have created a very moving and passionate look at how dancers and the dance are one.."
..."dance critic Roseman set out to talk to dancers and choreographers about their lives, creative process philosophies, careers, and 'the spiritual aspects of dance.' The result is a set of seven extraordinarily well formed and elightening conversations....."
-Donna Seaman, "Choice