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DANCE

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PARTICIPATORY ART AND THE POLITICS OF SPECTATORSHIP
Written by CLAIRE BISHOP

Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/24/2012

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-844-67690-3

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon...

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A HISTORY OF BALLET
Written by JENNIFER HOMANS

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 11/29/2011

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-96874-3

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
A 2011 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)


For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. A ballerina dancing The Sleeping Beauty today is a link in a long chain of dancers...

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A BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN CAGE
Written by KENNETH SILVERMAN

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/19/2010

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-04437-5

John Cage was a man of extraordinary and seemingly limitless talents: musician, inventor, composer, poet. He became a central figure of the avant-garde early in his life and remained at that pinnacle until his death in 1992 at the age of eighty. Now award-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman gives us the first comprehensive life of this remarkable artist. We follow Cage from his Los Angeles childhood—his father was a successful inventor—through his stay in Paris from 1930 to 1931, where...

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THE LIFE
Written by JULIE KAVANAGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/11/2008

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-70472-7

Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most iconic dancers of the twentieth century, had it all: beauty, genius, charm, passion, and sex appeal. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement, for both men and women, on or off the stage.

In this superb biography, Julie Kavanagh deftly brings us through the professional and personal milestones of Nureyev's life and career: his education at the Kirov school in Leningrad; his controversial defection from the USSR in 1961; his long-time affair...

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A GATHERING OF MEMOIRS, REPORTAGE, CRITICISM, PROFILES, INTERVIEWS, AND SOME UNCATEGORIZABLE EXTRAS
Edited by ROBERT GOTTLIEB

Format: Hardcover, 1360 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/04/2008

Price: $45.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-42122-8

Robert Gottlieb’s immense sampling of the dance literature–by far the largest such project ever attempted–is both inclusive, to the extent that inclusivity is possible when dealing with so vast a field, and personal: the result of decades of reading.

It limits itself of material within the experience of today’s general readers, avoiding, for instance, academic historical writing and treatises on technique, its earliest subjects are those nineteenth-century works and choreographers that still...

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Written by JOAN ACOCELLA

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/12/2008

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27576-9

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene).

Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist, who wrote the classic memoir, Survival in Auschwitz; M.F.K. Fisher who, numb with grief over her husband’s suicide, dictated...

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PORTRAITS OF AMERICA'S GREAT CHOREOGRAPHERS
Written by ROSE EICHENBAUM
Foreword by CLIVE BARNES

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/01/2007

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34248-5

Where does the impulse to create originate? How does one cope with the highs and lows of the artist’s life? What is the choreographer’s responsibility to the dancers, the audience, the self? These are just a few of the probing questions that Rose Eichenbaum, a dancer turned photographer, asks 59 of America’s most celebrated choreographers in her five-year quest to understand the secrets of creativity.

A collection of photographic portraits and vignettes based on intimate conversations,...

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THE ART HISTORY OF LOVE

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/05/2006

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-09579-7

In this generously illustrated book, world-renowned Yale art historian Robert Farris Thompson gives us the definitive account of tango, "the fabulous dance of the past hundred years—and the most beautiful, in the opinion of Martha Graham.”

Thompson traces tango’s evolution in the nineteenth century under European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and African influences through its representations by Hollywood and dramatizations in dance halls throughout the world. He shows us tango not only as brilliant...

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POEMS
Edited by EMILY FRAGOS

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 04/11/2006

Price: $12.50

ISBN: 978-0-307-26350-6

A celebration in verse of the silent poetry of dance and the dancer, this anthology features a dizzying range of subjects: Chinese dagger dances and Hindu festival dances, belly dancers and whirling dervishes, high school proms and wedding waltzes, tango, tarantella, flamenco, modern dance, reels and jigs, disco, and ballet. Some of the world’s most famous choreographers and dancers move through the poems gathered here: from Nijinsky and Pavlova to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, from Isadora...

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BASIC TECHNIQUE AND TERMINOLOGY

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/05/2004

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71077-3

“For soundness, for clarity, for succinctness, this manual of basic ballet is the best there is anywhere.”
—Edwin Denby, The Nation

With a precision unparalleled in any other book of its kind, The Classic Ballet presents a lucid text, and nearly six hundred drawings describe and illustrate in minute detail the proper body position, balance point, movement, and attitude of each position and step in the basic classical repertory.

As George Balanchine wrote in his preface: “There are no shortcuts...

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THE ACTOR'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO TODAY'S TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS
Written by LAURA THUDIUM

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 04/01/1999

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-823-08839-3

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or anywhere else, this is the best all-purpose "how-to" guide to makeup for the theater. Besides period makeup, age makeup, and special-effects applications, the...

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THE SCENE-BY-SCENE STORIES OF THE MOST POPULAR BALLETS, OLD AND NEW

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/20/1975

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-03398-5

Authored by one of the ballet's most respected experts, this volume includes scene-by-scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed by the world's leading dance companies. Certain to delight long-time fans as well as those just discovering the beauty and drama of ballet.

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