The Ecstasy of Being : Mythology and Dance EPUB
Edited by Joseph Campbell
Part of the The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series
Joseph Campbell's collected writings on dance and art, edited and introduced by Nancy Allison, CMA, the founder of Jean Erdman Dance, and including Campbell's unpublished manuscript "Mythology and Form in the Performing and Visual Arts," the book he was working on when he died.
Dance was one of mythologist Joseph Campbellâ€™s wide-ranging passions. His wife, Jean Erdman, was a leading figure in modern dance who worked with Martha Graham and had Merce Cunningham in her first company. When Campbell retired from teaching in 1972, he and Erdman formed the Theater of the Open Eye, where for nearly fifteen years they presented a wide array of dance and theater productions, lectures, and performance pieces.
The Ecstasy of BeingÂ brings together seven of Campbellâ€™s previously uncollected articles on dance, along with â€œMythology and Form in the Performing and Visual Arts,â€ the treatise that he was working on when he died, published here for the first time.
In this new collection Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the twentieth century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and others; and, as always, probes the idea of art as â€œthe funnel through which spirit is poured into life.â€ This book offers the reader an accessible, yet profound and provocative, insight into Campbellâ€™s lifelong fascination with the relationship of myth to aesthetic form and human psychology.
â€œUnusual insights . . . with a great deal of new information. [Campbellâ€™s] writing reveals deep knowledge of dance and aesthetics, and clarity of thought. There are also excellent notes related to both Parts I and II at the end of the book, and these add to the readerâ€™s understanding of the various issues and artists under discussion. Readers will find a great deal to think about in this small collection of Campbellâ€™s work, and the book will also serve as an introduction to the thoughts of an important American writer â€” one who influenced many with his teaching, ideas, and books.â€
â€” Journal of Dance Education
- Format: EPUB
- Pages: 264 pages
- Publisher: Distributed By PublishDrive
- Publication Date: 30/04/2020
- Category: Sociology & anthropology
- ISBN: 9781611780260