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The Vision of Modern Dance: In the Words of Its Creators

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This is the moving story of the development of modern dance as told by the visionary artists who created it. The powerful words of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Ruth St. Denis, and twenty nine other modern dance artists come to life in these original essays.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Princeton Book Company
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A unique work of dance history, this book collects the writings of the major choreographers in the history of modern dance. So instead of biographies or descriptions of their work, we get their thoughts and opinions on everything from dance as religion to jazz and racism. Each chapter was hit or miss, but that is the nature of a book like this.
worth re-reading as a way to look at how the original modern dancers ans choreographers thought about what they were doing. a bit esoteric at times, and not necessarily in line with how I see movement now.
Usually in a book you get one choreographer's philosophy, but in this one you get to see many, side-by-side. Very interesting to see how they both compliment and contradict one another. Some choreographers are better writers than other, but definitely a book worth reading.
A collection writings by the pioneers of modern dance, in their own words, musing on dance, creativity, the body, performance, nature. The book illustrates what varied expressions make up what we call "modern" dance.
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