A bucket load of…books

We’ve added a bucket load of new books to the library this week, why not come down & take a look?

Performance Perspectives: a critical introduction
Jonathan Pitches & Sita Popat (ed)

791 PER
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What is ‘performance’? What are the boundaries of Performance Studies? How do we talk about contemporary performance practices today in simple but probing terms? What kinds of practices represent the field and how can we interpret them?

Combining the voices of academics, artists, cultural critics and teachers, Performance Perspectives answers these questions and provides a critical introduction to Performance Studies. Presenting an accessible way into key terminology and context, it offers a new model for analyzing contemporary performance based on six frames or perspectives:

• Body
• Space
• Time
• Technology
• Interactivity
• Organization.

Drawing on examples from a wide range of practices across site specific performance, virtual reality, dance, applied theatre and everyday performance, Performance Perspectives addresses the binary of theory and practice and highlights the many meeting points between studio and seminar room. Each chapter takes the innovative form of a three-way conversation, bringing together theoretical introductions with artist interviews and practitioner statements. The book is supported by activities for discussion and practical devising work, as well as clear guidance for further reading and an extensive reference list across media

Performance Perspectives is essential reading for anyone studying, interpreting or making performance.

Source: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/performance-perspectives-jonathan-pitches/?K=9780230243453, 5/5/15

The Brain’s Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries & discoveries
Norman Doidge

612.82 DOI
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For centuries it was believed that the price we paid for our brain’s complexity was that, compared with other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative—unable to recover mental abilities lost because of damage or disease. The Brain’s Way of Healing turns that belief on its head, as Doidge lucidly explains how the brain’s capacities are highly dynamic, and how its very sophistication makes possible a unique and gentle kind of healing. He describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us—light, sound, vibration, movement—that can pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the plastic brain’s own transformative capacities without surgery or medication and their unpleasant side effects or risks.

Using this more nuanced understanding of how our brains work, scientists and practitioners have learned how to use neuroplastic therapies to address many common conditions and to offer hope where prospects for healing were long denied. We see patients in whom years of chronic pain have been alleviated, and others who have recovered the ability not just to walk or talk but to live fully despite debilitating strokes, as well as cases of long-standing brain injuries cured or vastly improved. We meet children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders or attention deficit disorder who have used neuroplastic techniques to achieve normal lives, and  sufferers who have seen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy radically diminished. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia, or improve the  brain’s performance and health, with simple approaches anyone can use.

Neuroplastic healing is truly one of the life-changing breakthroughs of modern science—“mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff,” in the words of The New York Times,describing Doidge’s first book. Here, he uses both astonishing, moving human stories and reports from the frontiers of an exciting field in brain science, putting it all together to help us recognize how mind, brain, and body, as well as the energies around us, are all essential elements that combine in health and healing. This is a book with the potential to transform, to heal, and to offer hope.

Source: http://www.normandoidge.com/?page_id=1042, 5/5/15

Moving Sites: investigating site-specific dance performance
Victoria Hunter (ed)

792.820922 MOV
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Moving Sites explores site-specific dance practice through a combination of analytical essays and practitioner accounts of their working processes. In offering this joint effort of theory and practice, it aims to provide dance academics, students and practitioners with a series of discussions that shed light both on approaches to making this type of dance practice, and evaluating and reflecting on it.

The edited volume combines critical thinking from a range of perspectives including commentary and observation from the fields of dance studies, human geography and spatial theory in order to present interdisciplinary discourse and a range of critical and practice-led lenses through which this type of work can be considered and explored. In so doing, this book addresses the following questions:

  • How do choreographers make site-specific dance performance?
  • What occurs when a moving body engages with site, place and environment?
  • How might we interpret, analyse and evaluate this type of dance practice through a range of theoretical lenses?
  • How can this type of practice inform wider discussions of embodiment, site, space, place and environment?

This innovative and exciting book seeks to move beyond description and discussion of site-specific dance as a spectacle or novelty and considers site-dance as a valid and vital form of contemporary dance practice that explores, reflects, disrupts, contests and develops understandings and practices of inhabiting and engaging with a range of sites and environments.

Don’t forget to check out the section on our very own Susanne Thomas, pp.258-262.

Source: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415713252/, 5/5/15

Core Awareness: enhancing yoga, pilates, exercise, and dance
Liz Koch

Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise and Dance

613.71 KOC
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Core Awareness is an innovative body-oriented approach designed to increase strength, flexibility, and resilience. Internationally known somatic educator and author Liz Koch describes the fundamental principles and practice of moving from one’s core, and highlights the importance of engaging the psoas muscle-located on either side of the spine-to integrate the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Through simple movements, stretches, and mindfulness explorations that bring focus and attention to inner sensation, readers will deepen their relationship to core structures, including the psoas muscle, pelvis, and bones.

Source: http://www.coreawareness.com/products/books/coreawarenes/, 5/5/15

Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer
Jennifer Roche

792.801 ROC
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In recent years, the practice of contemporary dancers has altered significantly in the transition from canonical choreographic vocabularies to a proliferation of choreographic signatures within mainstream and independent dance. Dancers are often required to collaborate creatively on the formation of choreographic material, thus engaging conceptually with emerging cultural paradigms.

This book explores the co-creative practice of contemporary dancers solely from the point of view of the dancer. It reveals multiple dancing perspectives, drawn from interviews, current writing and evocative accounts from inside the choreographic process, illuminating the myriad ways that dancers contribute to the production of contemporary dance culture.

A key insight of the book is that a dancer’s signature way of being is a ‘moving identity’, which incorporates past dance experience, anatomical structures and conditioned human movement as a self-in-process. The moving identity is the movement signature that the dancer forms throughout a career path.

Source: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/multiplicity-embodiment-and-the-contemporary-dancer-jennifer-roche/?K=9781137429841, 5/5/15

Sacre 101: an anthology of ‘the Rite of Spring’
Raphael Gygax (ed)

792.842 NIJ
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This publication investigates the interplay between dance and the visual arts in relation to one of the key works of the 20th century, “Le Sacre du printemps” (The Rite of Spring). Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre” was premiered in 1913 by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, and to this day it is considered the most controversial theatrical presentation of the 20th century. With its revolutionary music and choreography, the piece can be seen as one of modernism’s groundbreaking moments. The ballet (in which a virgin sacrifices herself for the god of spring and dances herself to death) still fascinates visual artists today and is the most choreographed ballet ever.

Exploring the ballet, its context, and its history in a wide variety of ways, this anthology also includes a rare selection of “Le Sacre” dance documentation.

With contributions by Eleanor Antin, Marc Bauer, Dara Friedman, Millicent Hodson/Kenneth Archer, Karen Kilimnik, Xavier Le Roy, Marko Lulic, Royston Maldoom, Sara Masüger, Vaslav Nijinsky, Silke Otto-Knapp, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Yvonne Rainer/Babette Mangolte, Lucy Stein, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Julie Verhoeven, and Mary Wigman, among others.

Published with Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich, in collaboration with the Center for Movement Research (ZfB) at Freie Universität Berlin/Gabriele Brandstetter.

Source: http://www.jrp-ringier.com/pages/index.php?id_r=4&id_t=&id_p=8&id_b=2579, 5/5/15

Age and Dancing: older people & community dance practice
Diane Amans (ed)

792.80846 AGE
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This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in the field with practical guidance, as well as a resources section including numerous ‘toolkit materials’. Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides the ideal beginners’ guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.

Source: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/age-and-dancing-diane-amans/?K=9780230293809, 5/5/15

Preserving Dance Across Time and Space
Lynn Matluck Brooks & Joellen A. Meglin (ed)

792.809 PRE
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Dance is the art least susceptible to preservation since its embodied, kinaesthetic nature has proven difficult to capture in notation and even in still or moving images. However, frameworks have been established and guidance made available for keeping dances, performances, and choreographers’ legacies alive so that the dancers of today and tomorrow can experience and learn from the dances and dancers of the past.

In this volume, a range of voices address the issue of dance preservation through memory, artistic choice, interpretation, imagery and notation, as well as looking at relevant archives, legal structures, documentation and artefacts. The intertwining of dance preservation and creativity is a core theme discussed throughout this text, pointing to the essential continuity of dance history and dance innovation. The demands of preservation stretch across time, geographies, institutions and interpersonal connections, and this book focuses on the fascinating web that supports the fragile yet urgent effort to sustain our dancing heritage.

The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts.

Source: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415634908/, 5/5/15

Body Movement: coping with the environment
Irmgard Bartenieff with Dori Lewis

615.82 BAR
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Body Movement succinctly presents the basic tenets of Bartenieff Fundamentals. It is a key work in the study and pedagogy of human movement. Chapters include:

  • Activate & motivate
  • The body architecture
  • Carving shapes in space
  • Inner impulses to move
  • Rhythm & phrasing
  • Affinities of body, space & effort
  • Tensions & countertensions
  • Group interaction
  • Dance therapy
  • Ethnic studies
  • Additional applications

Inheriting Dance: an invitation from Pina
Marc Wagenbach & Pina Bausch Foundation (ed)

792.82092 BAU
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Inheriting Dance. An Invitation from Pina« sets out at the historical moment we found ourselves in after the passing of Pina Bausch. The Pina Bausch Foundation started their work of carrying the artistic heritage of dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch into the future. This book reflects discussions and questions aroused by her work: How to archive dance? How to deal with the performative heritage at the outset of the 21st century? How to describe the performativity of remembering? And finally, what is the task of an archive for tomorrow, an archive to serve as a workshop for the future?

Furthermore, »Inheriting Dance« provides profound insight into the practical work of the Pina Bausch Foundation, on a local, national and global level, aiming at an archive as a place of transformation, exchange, creative production, and artistic practice, similar to an abundantly growing garden. A place for future generations of dancers, artists, non-professionals, and scholars.

Contributions by Salomon Bausch, Stephan Brinkmann, Royd Climenhaga, Katharina Kelter, Gabriele Klein, Sharon Lehner, Keziah Claudine Nanevie, Linda Seljimi, Bernhard Thull, Michelle Urban and Marc Wagenbach.

Source: http://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-2785-5/inheriting-dance, 6/5/15

Everybody is A Body
Karen Studd & Laura Cox

EveryBody is a Body

615.82 STU
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Movement connects us all. We are all moving, all of the time. The moving body is the foundation of human activity. In a world where technological advancement allows for instant global connections, we are becoming increasingly disembodied. This gives rise to “dis-ease” in our physical, emotional and intellectual selves. This book promotes increased awareness of the power and potential of human movement. It takes into account personal uniqueness, as well as the universal aspects of what it means to be human. This is a book for everybody. In order to experience life to it’s fullest, it is important to keep in touch with our moving selves. It is not a “how-to” book. We are not advocating a specific movement technique or practice. It is about re-discovering that you are a mover and that movement is not just an activity. Our movement is the expression of ourselves in the world.

Source: http://www.everybodyisabody.com/, 6/5/15