Ballet and Modern Dance

Ballet and Modern Dance

Paperback World of Art

By (author) Susan Au, By (author) Selma Jeanne Cohen

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 206mm x 20mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500203520
  • ISBN 13: 9780500203521
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 143 illustrations, 24 in colour
  • Sales rank: 242,640

Product description

Whether as performers or spectators, more people enjoy dance today than ever before. Its extraordinary range extends from classical ballet and baroque court spectacles to avant-garde modern dance, tap and world dance. Everyone with an interest in dance will have felt the need for a guide to the art's rich history and complex present state. Susan Au's lucid text covers the whole subject, vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring in detail the dance world of today. A generous selection of illustrations completes the picture, taking the reader from the palaces of the Medici to the lofts of Manhattan, from the dancing of Louis XIV to the experimental choreography of Twyla Tharp and Pina Bausch. A new final chapter documents the work of the chief dancers and choreographers from the 1980s to the present, covering offshoots of modern dance such as Tanztheater and Butoh, and recent developments in performance art and sitespecific choreography. The author discusses the upsurge in the popularity of dances of the past, among them ballroom dancing and the Argentine tango, and notes the revival of tap dancing as well as the successful transition of Irish step dancing to the theatre. In addition, she records the uses dance and dancers have made of recent technological advances, including cinedance and videodance, CD-ROMs, and the Internet.

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Author information

Susan Au is a cataloguer of films and videotapes in the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library. She was senior researcher for Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works and is a contributor to the International Encyclopaedia of Dance and the New Grove Dictionary of Music in the United States.

Review quote

A marvelous book for all those who love dance history.

Table of contents

Introduction by Selma Jeanne Cohen; 1. Most Obedient Servant; 2. The Rise of Professionalism; 3. The Development of the Ballet d' Action; 4. Ascent and Descent; 5. Crystallization and Ferment in Russia; 6. First Steps towards a new Form; 7. 'Astonish Me'; 8. Truly Modern; 9. The Decentralization of Ballet; 10. The Metamorphosis of Form; 11. A Time of Growth; 12. 1990-2000