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01 October 2019
This collection of new essays explores connections between dance, modernism, and modernity by examining the ways in which leading dancers have responded to modernity.

Burt and Huxley examine dance examples from a period beginning just before the First World War and extending to the mid-1950s, ranging across not only mainland Europe and the United States but also Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Asian region, and the UK. They consider a wide range of artists, including Akarova, Gertrude Colby, Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Margaret H'Doubler, Hanya Holm, Michio Ito, Kurt Jooss, Wassily Kandinsky, Margaret Morris, Berto Pasuka, Uday Shankar, Antony Tudor, and Mary Wigman. The authors explore dancers' responses to modernity in various ways, including within the contexts of natural dancing and transnationalism. This collection asks questions about how, in these places and times, dancing developed and responded to the experience of living in modern times, or even came out of an ambivalence about or as a reaction against it.

Ideal for students and practitioners of dance and those interested in new modernist studies, Dance, Modernism, and Modernity considers the development of modernism in dance as an interdisciplinary and global phenomenon.
By:   Ramsay Burt (De Montfort University UK), Michael Huxley (De Montfort University, UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   485g
ISBN:   9781138313033
ISBN 10:   1138313033
Pages:   226
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ramsay Burt is Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University, UK. He is director of the university's Dance, Drama and Performance Studies Research Institute. His publications include The Male Dancer (1995), Alien Bodies (1997), Judson Dance Theater (2006), and Ungoverning Dance (2016). Michael Huxley is Emeritus Reader in Dance and former director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance at De Montfort University, UK. His most recent book is The Dancer's World 1920-1945: Modern Dancers and Their Practices Reconsidered (2015), and he has been published in dance periodicals such as Dance Chronicle, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and Discourses in Dance.

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