3rd Edition

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader





ISBN 9781138088726
Published December 20, 2018 by Routledge
488 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Sections cover:

  • 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

Acknowledgements

List of Contributors

 

1 Introduction

Yutian Wong and Jens Richard Giersdorf

 

Part I: Methods and Approaches

 

2 Dance History Source Materials

June Layson

 

3 Shifting Perspectives on Dance Ethnography

Theresa Jill Buckland

 

4 Dance Studies/Cultural Studies

Gay Morris

 

5 Dance and Gender: Formalism and Semiotics Reconsidered

Stephanie Jordan and Helen Thomas

 

6 An Introduction to Dance Analysis

Janet Adshead-Lansdale

 

7 At Home in the World? The Bharatanatyam Dancer As Transnational Interpreter

Janet O’Shea

 

8 Differentiating Phenomenology and Dance

Philippa Rothfield

 

9 Epilogue to an Epilogue: Historicizing the re- in Dance Reenactment

Mark Franko

 

Part II: Practice and Performance

 

10 Grasping Practice: Reflections on Practices of Knowing and Researching in Dance Education

Yvonne Hardt

 

11 I am a Dancer

Martha Graham

 

12 Reworking the Ballet: Stillness and Queerness in Swan Lake, 4 Acts

Vida Midgelow

 

13 Getting off the Orient Express

Shobana Jeyasingh

 

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

Adam Benjamin

 

16 Improvised Dance in the Reconstruction of THEM

Danielle Goldman

 

17 Staging Choreomusical Research

Stephanie Schroedter

 

18 Working Out Contemporaneity: Dance and Post-Fordism

Bojana Kunst

 

Part III: Dance as Embodied Ideology

 

19 In Pursuit of the Sylph: Ballet in the Romantic Period

Deborah Jowitt

 

20 Nijinsky: Modernism and Heterodox Representations of Masculinity

Ramsay Burt

 

21 From Interculturalism to Historicism: Reflections on Classical Indian Dance (2000/1)

Pallabi Chakravoty

 

22 Race in Motion: Modern Dance, Negro Dance, and Katherine Dunham

Susan Manning

 

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

Toni Shapiro-Phim

 

25 Choreographing a Flexible Taiwan: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Taiwan’s Changing Identity

Yatin Lin

 

26 Dancing Salsa Wrong in Los Angeles

Cindy García

 

27 Identity Politics and Political Will: Jeni LeGon and Living in a Great Big Way

Nadine George-Graves

 

Part IV: Dance on the Market and in the Media

 

28 Beyoncé, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Choreographic Property

Anthea Kraut

 

29 "Selling Out" Post-Mao: Dance, Labor, and the Ethics of Fulfillment in Reform Era China

Emily Wilcox

 

30 So You Think You are Masculine? Dance Reality Television, Spectatorship, and Gender Nonconformity

Mark Broomfield

 

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"

Harmony Bench

 

Part V: Formations of the Field

 

33 Choreographing History

Susan Foster

 

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

Sherril Dodds

 

36 "This must be one of these performances where science meets the arts": Lecure Performance as Contemporary Dance

Maaike Bleeker

 

37 Dance Studies in the International Academy: Genealogy of a Disciplinary Formation

Jens Richard Giersdorf

 

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Editor(s)

Biography

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.