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Dance History(s) (Paperback)

Imagination as a Form of Study

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Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780819500908
Published: 3rd September 2024
Casemate UK Academic



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A multivoiced dance history book, authored by twelve diverse choreographers


In an effort to deepen our understanding of what dance is and how it has functioned throughout human history, this prismatic book project is dedicated to an artist-centric perception of dance history. Diverse dance artists from the American dance field contribute personal views of how dance has unfolded over time, answering the question: "Who is in your imaginary dance family tree, FROM the beginning of time to YOU/now?"


Twelve illustrated booklets, each written by a working choreographer, address the subject of dance history from nonacademic, subjective, poetic perspectives. The books model a way of enlarging and complicating how we view dance history by giving the authorial microphone to artists, to learn how their embodied perceptions relate to or diverge from the dominant dance canon.


With contributions by mayfield brooks, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Maura Nguyen Donohue, Keith Hennessy, Bebe Miller, Okwui Okpokwasili, Eiko Otake, Annie-B Parson, Javier Stell-Fresquez, Ogemdi Ude, Mariana Valencia, and Andros Zins-Browne.


Published by Big Dance Theater, Dancing Foxes Press, and Wesleyan University Press with support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and Virginia and Timothy Millhiser.

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