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Speaking of Dance : Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft - Joyce Morgenroth

Speaking of Dance

Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft

Paperback Published: 14th October 2004
ISBN: 9780415967990
Number Of Pages: 225

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Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craftjuxtaposes the choreographic processes of some of America's most engaging -- and revolutionary -- choreographers. Based on personal interviews, the book's narratives reveal, among others, Merce Cunningham's unquenchable fascination with movement, Meredith Monk's spiritual quest, Bill T. Jones's desire to change the world, Trisha Brown's engagement with structure, and Mark Morris' profound musicality. Morgenroth shows how the ideas, craft, and passion that go into their work have led these choreographers to disrupt set forms and expectations: dancing on the sides of buildings, in city streets, in rivers and lakes; moving to music, sounds, speech, and silence; costumed in ordinary clothes, shredded leotards, or nothing at all. The history of dance in the making is revealed through the stories of these intelligent, articulate, and witty dancemakers. Put away your old dance composition primers and see how these choreographers can openyour eyes and minds to what dance can be. Profiled Choreographers: Merce Cunningham; Anna Halprin; David Gordon; Trisha Brown; Lucinda Childs; Meredith Monk; Elizabeth Streb; Eiko Otake; Bill T. Jones; Ann Carlson; Mark Morris; John Jasperse

Industry Reviews

"Joyce Morgenroth takes the subject of movement to new heights as she develops her deep way of naming it for what it does -- not what it 'looks like' or 'makes us feel'. Her book elevates our field to an actual body of knowledge in print... at long last."
-Elizabeth Streb
"Rarely does an interview give me back a boost of clarity about my work as yours has done."
-Trisha Brown

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Historical Backgroundp. 5
Merce Cunninghamp. 11
Anna Halprinp. 23
David Gordonp. 41
Trisha Brownp. 57
Lucinda Childsp. 71
Meredith Monkp. 85
Elizabeth Strebp. 99
Eiko Otakep. 117
Bill T. Jonesp. 137
Ann Carlsonp. 153
Mark Morrisp. 171
John Jaspersep. 187
Selected Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415967990
ISBN-10: 0415967996
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 225
Published: 14th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1