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Preserving Dance Across Time and Space

ISBN 9781138841734
Published September 11, 2014 by Routledge
334 Pages

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Book Description

Dance is the art least susceptible to preservation since its embodied, kinaesthetic nature has proven difficult to capture in notation and even in still or moving images. However, frameworks have been established and guidance made available for keeping dances, performances, and choreographers’ legacies alive so that the dancers of today and tomorrow can experience and learn from the dances and dancers of the past.

In this volume, a range of voices address the issue of dance preservation through memory, artistic choice, interpretation, imagery and notation, as well as looking at relevant archives, legal structures, documentation and artefacts. The intertwining of dance preservation and creativity is a core theme discussed throughout this text, pointing to the essential continuity of dance history and dance innovation. The demands of preservation stretch across time, geographies, institutions and interpersonal connections, and this book focuses on the fascinating web that supports the fragile yet urgent effort to sustain our dancing heritage.

The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Preserving Dance Across Time and Space Lynn Matluck Brooks and Joellen A. Meglin

Part I: Choreography, the Archives, and Sustaining a Legacy

2. Choreographers’ Archives: Three Case Studies in Legacy Preservation Cheryl LaFrance

3. The Choreographer’s Trust: Negotiating Authority in Peggy Baker’s Archival Project Allana C. Lindgren and Amy Bowring

4. A Bold Step Forward: Genevieve Oswald and the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library Lynn Matluck Brooks

5. The Choreographic Trust: Preserving Dance Legacies Francis Yeoh

Part II: Preservation and Creation

6. Gained in Translation: Recreation as Creative Practice Valerie Preston-Dunlop and Lesley-Anne Sayers

7. The Dancing Gaze Across Cultures: Kazuo Ohno’s Admiring La Argentina Mark Franko

Part III: Preservation in Diaspora

8. Celebrations During a Traditional Wedding on the Island of Rhodes Patricia Riak

9. A Creative Process in Ethiopian-Israeli Dance: Eskesta Dance Theater and Beta Dance Troupe Ruth Eshel

10. Dance and Difference: Toward an Individualization of the Pontian Self Magda Zografou and Stavroula Pipyrou

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Lynn Matluck Brooks is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor of Dance at Franklin & Marshall College, USA. She holds a doctorate from Temple University and is a Certified Movement Analyst and dance historian. She has written for Dance Magazine, edited Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle, and authored several books including John Durang: Man of the American Stage (2011).

Joellen A. Meglin is Associate Professor of Dance at Temple University, USA. Her articles have appeared frequently in journals such as Dance Research (UK), Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle, and two essays have been published in Studies in Dance History monographs. She has served as coeditor of Dance Chronicle since 2008.


"[Preserving Dance Across Time and Space] is likely to appeal to a wide readership...[and it] is a reminder that dance as an art form generates a variety of approaches to what is understood by preservation in dance and useful questions are asked, such as: What dance should be preserved and who is responsible for its preservation? What is the purpose and impact of preservation on artists, institutions and cultural organisations?" - Sarah Whatley, Studies in Theatre and Performance