Dancing Women: Female Bodies Onstage by Sally Banes

By Sally Banes

Dancing girls: girl our bodies Onstage is a miraculous and well timed contribution to bounce heritage, recasting canonical dance because the early 19th century by way of a feminist standpoint. surroundings the construction of particular dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, Sally Banes exhibits that choreographers have created representations of ladies which are formed by way of - and that during half form - society's carrying on with debates approximately sexuality and feminine identity.
wide in its scope and compelling in its argument Dancing Women:
* offers a chain of re-readings of the canon, from Romantic and Russian Imperial ballet to modern ballet and glossy dance
* investigates the gaps among plot and function that create sexual and gendered meanings
* examines how women's business enterprise is created in dance via facets of choreographic constitution and style
* analyzes a number women's photos - together with brides, mistresses, moms, sisters, witches, wraiths, enchanted princesses, peasants, revolutionaries, cowgirls, scientists, and athletes - in addition to the construction of varied women's groups at the dance stage
* indicates methods to problems with gender in postmodern dance
utilizing an interpretive process diverse from that of alternative feminist dance historians, who've under pressure both victimization or party of girls, Banes reveals a way more complicated diversity of cultural representations of gender identities.

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