Dancing Modernism / Performing Politics

Dancing Modernism / Performing Politics

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... almost every page offers provocative commentary on the aesthetics and politics of modern dance." -Signs... [an] important step... in the ineluctable dance by postmodern historians across a bridge that spans the gaps among disciplines, between theory and practice, and betweeen present and past." -Theatre JournalThis complex and important book needs to be read by anyone interested in dance history or the cultural politics of dance." -Dance Theatre JournalMark Franko's Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics is challenging, groundbreaking, insightful, and, I believe, an important contribution to the field of dance scholarship." -Dance Research JournalA revisionary account of the evolution of "modern dance" in which Mark Franko calls for a historicization of aesthetics that considers the often-ignored political dimension of expressive action. Includes an appendix of articles of left-wing dance theory, which flourished during the 1930s.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 33 b&w photos
  • 0253209471
  • 9780253209474
  • 1,314,279

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Employing an interdisciplinary approach to dance analysis, Franko draws from performance studies, feminist studies, and cultural theory to study modern dance in relation to sexual, class, and modernist politics, ranging from Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham to less canonical figures, such as Valentine de Saint-Point, left-wing 'revolutionary' dancers of the 1930s, and Douglas Dunn.show more

About Mark Franko

MARK FRANKO is Associate Professor on the Theater Arts Board of Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of The Dancing Body in Renaissance Choreography and Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body.show more

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"... almost every page offers provocative commentary on the aesthetics and politics of modern dance. -Signs "... [an] important step ... in the ineluctable dance by postmodern historians across a bridge that spans the gaps among disciplines, between theory and practice, and between present and past. - Theatre Journal "This complex and important book needs to be read by anyone interested in dance history or the cultural politics of dance. - Dance Theatre Journal "Mark Franko's Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics is challenging, groundbreaking, insightful and I believe, an important contribution to the field of dance scholarship. - Dance Research Journalshow more

Table of contents

Introduction1. The Invention of Modern Dance2. Bodies of Radical Will3. Emotivist Movement and Histories of Modernism: The Case of Martha Graham4. Expressivism and Chance Procedure: The Future of an Emotion5. Where He DancedAppendix: Left-Wing Dance Theory: Articles on dance from New Theatre, New Masses, and Daily WorkerNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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