The Routledge Dance Studies Reader has been expanded and updated, giving readers access to thirty-seven essential texts that address the social, political, cultural, and economic impact of globalization on embodiment and choreography.
These interdisciplinary essays in dance scholarship consider a broad range of dance forms in relation to historical, ethnographic, and interdisciplinary research methods including cultural studies, reconstruction, media studies, and popular culture.
This new third edition expands both its geographic and cultural focus to include recent research on dance from Southeast Asia, the People’s Republic of China, indigenous dance, and new sections on market forces and mediatization.
- Methods and approaches
- Practice and performance
- Dance as embodied ideology
- Dance on the market and in the media
- Formations of the field.
The Routledge Dance Studies Reader includes essays on concert dance (ballet, modern and postmodern dance, tap, kathak, and classical khmer dance), popular dance (salsa and hip-hop), site-specific performance, digital choreography, and lecture-performances. It is a vital resource for anyone interested in understanding dance from a global and contemporary perspective.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Yutian Wong and Jens Richard Giersdorf
Part I: Methods and Approaches
2 Dance History Source Materials
3 Shifting Perspectives on Dance Ethnography
Theresa Jill Buckland
4 Dance Studies/Cultural Studies
5 Dance and Gender: Formalism and Semiotics Reconsidered
Stephanie Jordan and Helen Thomas
6 An Introduction to Dance Analysis
7 At Home in the World? The Bharatanatyam Dancer As Transnational Interpreter
8 Differentiating Phenomenology and Dance
9 Epilogue to an Epilogue: Historicizing the re- in Dance Reenactment
Part II: Practice and Performance
10 Grasping Practice: Reflections on Practices of Knowing and Researching in Dance Education
11 I am a Dancer
12 Reworking the Ballet: Stillness and Queerness in Swan Lake, 4 Acts
13 Getting off the Orient Express
14 Hips, hip-notism, hip(g)nosis: The Mulata Performances of Ninon Sevilla
Melissa Blanco Borelli
15 Cabbages and Kings: Disability, Dance, and Some Timely Considerations
16 Improvised Dance in the Reconstruction of THEM
17 Staging Choreomusical Research
18 Working Out Contemporaneity: Dance and Post-Fordism
Part III: Dance as Embodied Ideology
19 In Pursuit of the Sylph: Ballet in the Romantic Period
20 Nijinsky: Modernism and Heterodox Representations of Masculinity
21 From Interculturalism to Historicism: Reflections on Classical Indian Dance (2000/1)
22 Race in Motion: Modern Dance, Negro Dance, and Katherine Dunham
23 Have They a Right?: Nineteenth-Century Indian Dance Practices and Federal Policy
Jacqueline Shea Murphy
24 Mediating Cambodian History, the Sacred, and the Earth
25 Choreographing a Flexible Taiwan: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Taiwan’s Changing Identity
26 Dancing Salsa Wrong in Los Angeles
27 Identity Politics and Political Will: Jeni LeGon and Living in a Great Big Way
Part IV: Dance on the Market and in the Media
28 Beyoncé, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Choreographic Property
29 "Selling Out" Post-Mao: Dance, Labor, and the Ethics of Fulfillment in Reform Era China
30 So You Think You are Masculine? Dance Reality Television, Spectatorship, and Gender Nonconformity
31 Wii Will Become Silhouettes . . .
Derek A. Burrill
32 "Complex Temporalities": Digitality and Emphemeral Tense in Adam H. Weinert’s "The Reaccession of Ted Shawn"
Part V: Formations of the Field
33 Choreographing History
34 Worlding Dance and Dancing out There in the World
Marta Elena Savigliano
35 Slamdancing with the Boundaries of Theory and Practice: The Legitimization of Popular Dance
36 "This must be one of these performances where science meets the arts": Lecure Performance as Contemporary Dance
37 Dance Studies in the International Academy: Genealogy of a Disciplinary Formation
Jens Richard Giersdorf
Jens Richard Giersdorf is Professor of Dance Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, USA, and Vice President of Publication and Research for the Dance Studies Association. He is the author of The Body of the People: East German Dance since 1945 (2013) and co-editor of Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (2016) and the special issue of Dance Research Journal on Randy Martin (2017).
Yutian Wong is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at San Francisco State University, USA. She is the author of Choreographing Asian America (2010), editor of Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance (2016), and has published in Discourses in Dance and the Dance Research Journal.