Rhythmic Subjects : Use of Energy in the Dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham Paperback
by Dee Reynolds
Dance is a uniquely significant art form, whose primary material is not simply the 'body', but energy as it is used and experienced in movement.
Energy is central to discourses of modernity and modernism, in which choreographers and dancers can actively intervene through their innovative uses of energy.
Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham are key choreographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, whose rhythmic innovations challenged established norms of energy usage in their socio-cultural contexts, enabling their contemporaries to engage differently with dominant economies of energy.
This book explores their rhythmic innovations by combining discussion of cultural contexts with close analysis of specific dance works.
Uses of energy in dance are described and analysed with the aid of concepts drawn from Rudolf Laban's writings, and are theorized with reference to historical, social and cultural contexts and to phenomenological and post-structuralist approaches to the embodied subject, constructing the argument that choreographical innovation - including recent work using digital technologies - involves a process of 'kinesthetic imagination'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 328 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/12/2006
- Category: Ballet
- ISBN: 9781852731120