[dance-tech] New Publication from Dance Books - "Rhythmic subjects" by Dee Reynolds

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Dear list members

I would like to draw your attention to the recent publication of "Rhythmic
subjects: uses of energy in the dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and
Merce Cunningham", by Dee Reynolds.

Dance is a uniquely significant art form, whose primary material is not
simply 'the body', but energy as it is used and experienced in movement.
Energy is central to discourses of modernity and modernism, in which
choreographers and dancers can actively intervene through their innovative
use of energy. Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham are key
choreographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, whose rhythmic
innovations challenged and established norms of energy usage in their
socio-cultural contexts, enabling their contemporaries to engage differently
with dominant economics of energy.

Dee Reynolds' book explores the rhythmic innovations of these choreographers
by combining discussion of cultural contexts with close analysis of specific
dance works. Uses of energy in dance are described and analysed with the aid
of concepts drawn from Rudolf Laban's writings, and are theorised with
reference to historical, social and cultural contexts and to
phenomenological and poststructuralist approaches to the embodied subject,
constructing the argument that choreographical innovation - including recent
work using digital technologies - involves a process of 'kinesthetic
imagination'.

'This is a book that will have a significant impact on dance scholarship' -
Ramsay Burt, Professor of Dance History, De Montfort University. 

324 pages, paperback, 234 x 156 mm, ISBN 978 1852 731120.

Further details and ordering facilities can be found at:

http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/new.asp 

or you may order from:

Dance Books, The Old Bakery, 4 Lenten Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HG
Tel: 01420 86138 Fax: 01420 86142

Trade orders to Vine House Distribution, Waldenbury, North Common, Chailey,
East Sussex  BN8 4DR.
USA: Princeton Book Company
Australia: Footprint Books


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