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Title Dancing naturally [electronic resource] : nature, neoclassicism and modernity in early twentieth century dance / edited by Rachel Fensham and Alexandra Carter
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on Contributors -- Nature, Force and Variation; R.Fensham€ -- Constructing and Contesting the Natural in British Theatre Dance; A.Carter -- Ideas of Nature, the Natural and the Modern Shaping Dance Discourse; M.Huxley€& R.Burt -- The Ancient Greeks and the 'Natural'; F.Macintosh -- From the Artificial to the Natural Body: Social Dancing in Britain; T.Buckland -- Dancing Based on Natural Movement; M.A.Johnstone & M.Atkinson -- Undressing and Dressing Up: Natural Movement's Life in Costume; R.Fensham -- Nature Moving in Succession: Doris Humphrey's 'Water Study'; L.Main -- Tensing and Relaxing Naturally: Systematic Approaches to Training the Body; S.Foster -- 'Female Nature', Body Culture and Plastique; K.Vedel -- Tethering the Flow: Dance, Physical Culture and Antiquity in Interwar Australia; A.Card -- Mining Anatomy: Moving Naturally; L.Worth -- Index -- --
This edited collection illuminates what made dance modern in keeping with the spirit of developments in science and other artforms in the early twentieth century. A revitalised interest in nature, the ancient Greeks, and the freedom of the body to express powerful emotions was to transform dance and physical culture. Contemporaries of Isadora Duncan and LoIe Fuller, the distinctive contributions of dance teachers and artists, Madge Atkinson, Doris Humphrey and Ruby Ginner who generated schools and syncretic creative approaches are documented in this book. Educators and scientists were harnessing the natural in gymnastics and social theory, while inter-related cultural trends were inspiring arts practices, such as Art Nouveau, new music and fashion, to study 'nature'. These developments in the UK, US, Europe and Australia created the landscape for the serious pursuit of dance, in the flow of modernity, and continue to influence the major currents of dance activity today
Link Print version: Dancing naturally. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 9780230278448 (DLC) 2011040386 (OCoLC)729342550
Subject Dance -- History -- 20th century
Movement, Aesthetics of
Dance -- Sociological aspects
Dance - History - 20th century
Dance - Sociological aspects
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Classical & Ballet bisacsh
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Modern bisacsh
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Reference bisacsh
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Alt Author Fensham, Rachel
Carter, Alexandra
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