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The Nikolais/Louis Dance Technique : A Philosophy and Method of Modern Dance - Murray Louis

The Nikolais/Louis Dance Technique

A Philosophy and Method of Modern Dance

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The Nikolais/Louis Dance Technique provides the definite resource for understanding and practicing the influential dance technique developed by two pioneers of modern dance, Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis. The Nikolais/Louis technique is presented in a week-to-week classroom manual, providing an indispensable tool for teachers and students of this widely studied movement practice. Theoretical background for further reading is set off from the manual for those interested in deeper study. Their philosophy and methodology span a broad readership and offer an important addition to dance literature and American cultural history.

Definitions
Introduction
Basic Dance
Vision of a New Technique
Decentralization
Grain
Density
Gravity and Verticality
The Psyche
Stasis
Dynamics and Energies
Sensory Perception
Movement Range
Three Conditions of Energy
Creating: Improvisation and Composition
Defining Improvisation
Gestalt
Nature and Art
The Language of Criticism
Composition
The Class Manual Introduction to the Classes
The Body as An Instrument
The Dimensional Concept
Alignment
The Stretches
Up and Down - Vertical - The Plie
Across the Floor
Locomotion and Dimensions
Isolating Body Parts (Isolations)
Body Parts (Continued)
Levels
The Joints and Joint Action
Rotary Action
Grain and Density
Gravity and Upward Willpower
Swing, Centripetal and Centrifugal Momentum
Undercurves
Overcurves and The Mirror
Major Principles of Dance (The Big Four)
Space - Volume and Peripheral
Time
Shape
Motion and Gestalt Week 16 - Abstraction
Review Technique
Realism to Abstraction
Diagonals
Circles
Falls
Suspension Points
Percussion and Extension
Lyricism Adjuncts to Choreographic and Performing Skill
The Showing: Performance: Emotion Consonance and a Summation
A Brief Review
Post Script
Biography Nikolais Biography Louis About the DVD
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ISBN: 9780415970204
ISBN-10: 0415970202
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1