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Taken by surprise : a dance improvisation reader

Author: Ann Cooper Albright; David Gere
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection of classic and contemporary writings on dance improvisation brings together 21 essays by prominent dancers, scholars and historians. It reflects the development of improvisation as a  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Cooper Albright; David Gere
ISBN: 0819566470 9780819566478 0819566489 9780819566485
OCLC Number: 936503823
Description: xxi, 279 s. : ill
Contents: Taken by surprise : improvisation in dance and mind / Susan Leigh Foster --
Exposed to gravity / Bruce Curtis --
Dance : a body with a mind of its own / Ruth Zaporah --
The cutting edge of awareness : reports from the inside of improvisation / Kent De Spain --
Anna Halprin and improvisation as child's play : a search for informed innocence / Janice Ross --
Animate dancing : a practice in dance improvisation / Simone Forti --
Learning to speak : an apprenticeship with Simone Forti in logomotion / Carmela hermann --
Spontaneous combustion : notes on dance improvisation from the sixties to the nineties / Sally Banes --
Stepping, stealing, sharing, and daring : improvisation and the tap dance challenge / Constance Valis Hill --
The writing on the wall : reading improvisation in flamenco and postmodern dance / Michelle Heffner Hayes --
Improvisation as participating performance : egungun masked dancers in the Yoruba tradition / Margaret Thompson Drewal --
Against improvisation : a postmodernist makes the case for choreography / Victoria Marks --
Multiple pleasures : improvisation in bharatanatyam / Avanthi Meduri --
A subjective history of contact improvisation / Nancy Stark Smith --
Drafting interior techniques / Steve Paxton --
Embodied meanings in performing, interpreting, and talking about dance improvisation / Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. --
Weighting metaphors : a response to Raymond W. Gibbs and "Hilary" / Karen Schaffman --
Present tense : contact improvisation at twenty-five / Ann Cooper Albright --
Some traveler's tales / Rachel Kaplan --
What's the score? : structured improvisation as national pastime / Maura Keefe --
For the taste of an apple : why I practice zen / Ellen Webb --
Life scores / Nancy Stark Smith --
Dwelling in possibility / Ann Cooper Albright.
Responsibility: edited by Ann Cooper Albright and David Gere.

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"For those who strive to legitimize the long-dismissed art and craft of improvisational dance; for those who look for an invitation, or a doorway in; for those for whom the phrase "just improvising" Read more...

 
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