Dancing Modernism / Performing Politics

Dancing Modernism / Performing Politics

Mark Franko
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/1995
Format: Paperback 33 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20947-4
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1996 Special Citation, Dance Perspectives Foundation

... almost every page offers provocative commentary on the aesthetics and politics of modern dance." —Signs

... [an] important step... in the ineluctable dance by postmodern historians across a bridge that spans the gaps among disciplines, between theory and practice, and betweeen present and past." —Theatre Journal

This complex and important book needs to be read by anyone interested in dance history or the cultural politics of dance." —Dance Theatre Journal

Mark Franko’s Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics is challenging, groundbreaking, insightful, and, I believe, an important contribution to the field of dance scholarship." —Dance Research Journal

A revisionary account of the evolution of "modern dance" in which Mark Franko calls for a historicization of aesthetics that considers the often-ignored political dimension of expressive action. Includes an appendix of articles of left-wing dance theory, which flourished during the 1930s.

Author Bio

MARK FRANKO is Associate Professor on the Theater Arts Board of Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of The Dancing Body in Renaissance Choreography and Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body.

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Table of Contents

1. The Invention of Modern Dance
2. Bodies of Radical Will
3. Emotivist Movement and Histories of Modernism: The Case of Martha Graham
4. Expressivism and Chance Procedure: The Future of an Emotion
5. Where He Danced
Appendix: Left-Wing Dance Theory: Articles on dance from New Theatre, New Masses, and Daily Worker