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Dancing to transform how concert dance becomes religious in American Christianity

Author: Emily Wright
Publisher: Bristol Intellect 2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In response to a scarcity of writings on the intersections between dance and Christianity, 'Dancing to Transform' examines the religious lives of American Christians who, despite the historically tenuous place of dance within Christianity, are also professional dancers. Emily Wright details how these dancing Christians transform what they perceive as secular professional by transforming concert dance into different
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Wright
ISBN: 9781789382839 1789382831
OCLC Number: 1286915005
Accession No: (DE-627)1725394863 (DE-599)KXP1725394863
Description: viii, 169 Seiten Illustrationen 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Making Christian movements : differentiation and adaptation in Christianity from the patristic era to the middle ages --
American Christianity from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century --
Dancing as American and/or Christian in the twentieth century --
"Let us praise his name with dancing" : Ballet Magnificat! and the transformation of concert into church --
Servant artists : Ad Deum Dance Company and the transformation of suffering --
Befriending the both/and : Dishman + Co. Choreography and the transformation of the choreographic process --
Dancing divine love : Karin Stevens Dance and the transformation of the spiritual journey --
Conclusion : spiraling outward in a post-Christian world.
Responsibility: Emily Wright.

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"In response to a scarcity of writings on the intersections between dance and Christianity, 'Dancing to Transform' examines the religious lives of American Christians who, despite the historically tenuous place of dance within Christianity, are also professional dancers. Emily Wright details how these dancing Christians transform what they perceive as secular professional by transforming concert dance into different kinds of religious practices in order to express individual and communal religious identities. Through a multi-site, qualitative study of four professional dance companies, Wright explores how religious and artistic commitments, everyday lived experience and varied performance contexts influence and shape the approaches of Christian professional dancers to creating, transforming and performing dance. Subsequently, this book provides readers with a greater awareness and appreciation for the complex interactions between American Christianity and dance. This study, in turn, delivers audiences a richer, more nuanced picture of the complex histories of these Christian, dancing communities and offers more fruitful readings of their choreographic productions"-- Back cover.

"Since its inception, dance has maintained a tenuous position within Christianity. Yet, despite - or perhaps because of - its contested status, dance persists inside and outside organized religious communities. Using original, multi-site, qualitative studies of four dance companies, this book examines the movements dancing Christians make to transform what they perceive as secular professional dance into religious practices in order to actualize individual and communal religious identities. Dancing to transform is the first book-length analysis that situates developments in contemporary Christian dance in relation to the histories of American modern dance and American Christianity"--Page 4 of cover.

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