Covering today's most important modern, ballet, contemporary and post-modern choreographers in Europe and North America, this unique guide is a valuable quick reference for students and critics, dancers and general readers in love with dance.
Each entry includes a biographical section, a chronological list of works, a detailed bibliography and a critical essay. In entries on choreographers such as Richard Alston, Pina Bausch, Laurie Booth, Christopher Bruce, Jonathan Burrows, Michael Clarke, Merce Cunningham, Anna Theresa De Keersmaeker, Eiko and Koma, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylain, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and other leading figures, readers can easily locate each choreographer's style and influence within the development of contemporary theatre dance, and swiftly discern the essential facts in his or her career.
"[A]n impressive array of thirty-one contributors... The exemplary Introduction provided by Deborah Jowitt, amounts to a concise overview of modern dance and other movements, such as post modern dance, which are often included within that convenient, early 20th century term. A glance at the Table of Contents indicates the dazzling range of diversity among the choreographers selected for publication. [A] researcher seeking solid information on Mats Ek, Karole Armitage or Lar Lubovitch will find answers to immediate questions and guides to deeper study. This well-organized guide will find a welcome place in any reference collection devoted to the performing arts, and as television and videos make dance more accessible, reference librarians in general situations might be approached by patrons wanting to know more about Mark Morris or Matthew Bourne. "Fifty Contemporary Choreographers provides the answers. It's a gem and one that responds to a real need.."
"Their essays offer cogent, incisive analyses of a choreographer's work. Although a reference book "Fifty Contemporary Choreographers is well worth reading straight through for a concise overview of the state of British, American, and Western European dance today. This work is recommended for collections with an interest in contemporary dance.."
-"American Reference Books Annual, 2000
Series: Routledge Key Guides
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 8th July 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1