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Europe Dancing

Perspectives on Theatre, Dance, and Cultural Identity, 1st Edition

By Andree Grau, Stephanie Jordan


248 pages

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Europe Dancing examines the dance cultures and movements which have developed in Europe since the Second World War. Nine countries are represented in this unique collaboration between European dance scholars. The contributors chart the art form, and discuss the outside influences which have shaped it.

This comprehensive book explores:

* questions of identity within individual countries, within Europe, and in relation to the USA

* the East/West cultural division

* the development of state subsidy for dance

* the rise of contemporary dance as an 'alternative' genre

* the implications for dance of political, economic and social change.

Useful historical charts are included to trace significant dance and political events throughout the twentieth century in each country.

Never before has this information been gathered together in one place. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in dance and its growth and development in recent years.


'An interesting . . . survey of the state of European dance in a global age.' - The Scotsman

'Eighteen distinguished contributors examine post-WW II European theater dance in ten revealing essays … this reviewer applauds them for bringing together such a diverse group of scholars and outstanding work connecting dance studies to cultural studies and beyond. An essential purchase for any undergraduate or research library … since nothing tryly comparable presently exists.' - Choice

About the Authors

Stephanie Jordan is Head of the Dance Department at the Roehampton Institute. Her publications include Striding Out: Aspects of Contemporary and New Dance in Britain (1992), and Moving Music (2000). Andree Grau is Senior Lecturer in Dance at the Roehampton Institute. She is a contributor to many dance journals, and author of Eyewitness Dance (1998), and Following in Sir Fred's Steps (1996) with Stephanie Jordan.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General