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Most popular Contemporary dance books

The most popular Contemporary dance books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Out Loud: A Memoir
This collective, led by Morris's fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group. Suddenly, Morris was making a fast ascent.
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Ballet and Modern Dance
A guide to the rich history of western dance in all its incarnations from 16th-century court ballet to the genre-shattering contortions of 21st-century theatrical dance. Part of the "World of Art" series, it is updated for the new millennium to feature various styles, performers and technology.
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Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in Contemporary Dance and Performance
This book illuminates the relationship between philosophy and experimental choreographic practice today in the works of leading European choreographers. A discussion of key issues in contemporary performance from the viewpoint of Deleuze, Spinoza and Bergson is accompanied by intricate analyses of seven groundbreaking dance performances.
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Butoh Dance Training: Secrets of Japanese Dance Through the Alishina Method
This book is a complete guide to the Alishina Method which draws on classical and avant-garde Japanese dance traditions to offer a systemized approach to Butoh dance training. It provides practical instruction and fully illustrated exercises, including instruction on basic body training and exercises for cultivating Qi and refining the senses.
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Choreographer's Score: Fase, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena's Aria, Bartok
An illustrated and in-depth exploration of four of Rosas's early works, Fase, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena's Aria, and Bartok, through sketches, notes, and photographs
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Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop
The autobiography of a legendary swing dancer
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Mastery of Movement
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Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
Bob Fosse is one of the most significant figures in the post-World War II American musical theater. Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical is a fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. It traces is early dance years, the influence of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, and the impact of his three marriages-all to dancers-on his career.
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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas 2007-2017
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Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done
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Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
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Ballet, Why and How?
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Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement
Ten international dramaturg-scholars advance proposals that reset notions of agency in contemporary dance creation. Dramaturgy becomes driven by artistic inquiry, distributed among collaborating artists, embedded in improvisation tasks, or weaved through audience engagement, and the dramaturg becomes a facilitator of dramaturgical awareness.
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Who Is Surfing Who: Adam Linder
This monograph surveys the work of the Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer Adam Linder, whose nuanced and highly evocative work offers a critical reflection on the nature of live performance and the role of dance within museums. Published in association with the Hammer Museum
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Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
Bob Fosse is one of the most significant figures in the post-World War II American musical theater. Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical is a fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. It traces is early dance years, the influence of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, and the impact of his three marriages-all to dancers-on his career.
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Last Guru: The Authorised Biography of Robert Cohan
The authorised biography of Robert Cohan, distinguished choreographer. This book is based on extensive interviews with Cohan, his family, friends and colleagues. Drawing together his life in dance, it provides the first in depth study of this seminal figure in the dance world.
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Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities
This book explores the co-creative practice of contemporary dancers solely from the point of view of the dancer. It reveals multiple dancing perspectives, drawn from interviews, current writing and evocative accounts from inside the choreographic process, illuminating the myriad ways that dancers contribute to the production of dance culture.
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Dancing on the Canon: Embodiments of Value in Popular Dance
Employing a cultural theory approach, this book explores the relationship between popular dance and value. It traces the shifting value systems that underpin popular dance scholarship and considers how different dancing communities articulate complex expressions of judgment, significance and worth through their embodied practice.
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Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in Contemporary Dance and Performance
This book illuminates the relationship between philosophy and experimental choreographic practice today in the works of leading European choreographers. A discussion of key issues in contemporary performance from the viewpoint of Deleuze, Spinoza and Bergson is accompanied by intricate analyses of seven groundbreaking dance performances.
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Beginning Jazz Dance
Beginning Jazz Dance provides students with the context, background information and basic instruction they need in order to understand the genre and appreciate jazz dance as a performing art. It also offers tips on injury prevention, nutrition guidelines and basic anatomy and physiology as applied to movement in jazz dance.
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Rage of Staging: Wim Vandekeybus
The first book on Wim Vandekeybus, international choreographer, and his company Ultima Vez.
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Merce Cunningham: Common Time
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Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine
Situating ballet within twentieth-century modernism, this book brings complexity to the history of George Balanchine's American neoclassicism. It intervenes in the prevailing historical narrative and rebalances Balanchine's role in dance history by revealing the complex social, cultural, and political forces that actually shaped the construction of American neoclassical ballet.
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How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World
How to Land offers a new look at embodiment that treats gravity as the organizing force for thinking and moving through our twenty-first century world.