And Yet More…

Plenty more books added to the collections over the summer…

Further Steps 2: fourteen choreographers on what’s the RAGE in modern dance
Constance Kreemer

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Further Steps 2 brings together New York’s foremost choreographers – among them MacArthur ‘Genius’ award winners Meredith Monk and Bill T. Jones – to discuss the past, present and future of dance in the US. In a series of exclusive and enlightening interviews, this diverse selection of artists discuss the changing roles of race, gender, politics, and the social environment on their work.

Bringing her own experience of the New York dance scene to her study, Constance Kreemer traces the lives and works of the following choreographers:

Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn, Molissa Fenley, Rennie Harris, Bill T. Jones, Kenneth King, Nancy Meehan, Meredith Monk, Rosalind Newman, Gus Solomons jr, Doug Varone, Dan Wagoner, Mel Wong and Jawole Zollar.

For Space
Doreen Massey

In this book, Doreen Massey makes an impassioned argument for revitalising our imagination of space. She takes on some well-established assumptions from philosophy, and some familiar ways of characterising the 21st century world, and shows how they restrain our understanding of both the challenge and the potential of space.

The way we think about space matters. It inflects our understandings of the world, our attitudes to others, our politics. It affects, for instance, the way we understand globalisation, the way we approach cities, the way we develop, and practice, a sense of place. If time is the dimension of change then space is the dimension of the social: the contemporaneous co-existence of others. That is its challenge, and one that has been persistently evaded. For Space pursues its argument through philosophical and theoretical engagement, and through telling personal and political reflection. Doreen Massey asks questions such as how best to characterise these so-called spatial times, how it is that implicit spatial assumptions inflect our politics, and how we might develop a responsibility for place beyond place.

This book is ‘for space’ in that it argues for a reinvigoration of the spatiality of our implicit cosmologies. For Space is essential reading for anyone interested in space and the spatial turn in the social sciences and humanities. Serious, and sometimes irreverent, it is a compelling manifesto: for re-imagining spaces for these times and facing up to their challenge.

304.23 MAS
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Source: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/for-space/book227109

The Production of Space
Henri Lefebvre

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Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of everyday life. The Production of Space is his major philosophical work and its translation has been long awaited by scholars in many different fields.

The book is a search for a reconciliation between mental space (the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality. In doing so, he ranges through art, literature, architecture and economics, and further provides a powerful antidote to the sterile and obfuscatory methods and theories characteristic of much recent continental philosophy.

This is a work of great vision and incisiveness. It is also characterized by its author’s wit and by anecdote, as well as by a deftness of style which Donald Nicholson-Smith’s sensitive translation precisely captures.

Source: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0631181776.html

The Body Speaks : performance & physical expression
Lorna Marshall

792.028 MAR
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Seventy percent of everyday conversation is conveyed through body language, twenty percent is the voice and only ten percent is the meaning of the words. In The Body Speaks, expert RADA trainer Lorna Marshall, shows how to recognise and lose unwanted physical inhibitions that our background, education or family have taught us and presents a fundamental re-thinking of our relationship to the body and its role in performance.

Good performers – be they trapeze artists, Shakespearean actors, Butoh dancers or film stars – are able to fully reach their audience and engage with them because they have learnt to use their bodies to its best effect. Through a series of practical exercises, Lorna Marshall encourages us to unleash our potential, discover new possibility for the body and express ourselves more clearly. This new edition has been fully revised to include the latest thinking on the
subject and more exercises particularly for performers in TV and film.

Source: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-body-speaks-9781408142004/

The World of Perception
Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most important thinkers of the post-war era. Central to his thought was the idea that human understanding comes from our bodily experience of the world that we perceive: a deceptively simple argument, perhaps, but one that he felt had to be made in the wake of attacks from contemporary science and the philosophy of Descartes on the reliability of human perception.

From this starting point, Merleau-Ponty presented these seven lectures on The World of Perception to French radio listeners in 1948. Available in a paperback English translation for the first time in the Routledge Classics series to mark the centenary of Merleau-Ponty’s birth, this is a dazzling and accessible guide to a whole universe of experience, from the pursuit of scientific knowledge, through the psychic life of animals to the glories of the art of Paul Cézanne.

Source: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415773812

Mixed Methods Research in the Movement Sciences : case studies in sport, physical education & dance
Oleguer Camerino, et al (ed)

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Mixed methods research techniques, combining both quantitative and qualitative elements, have become well established throughout the social, behavioural and natural sciences. This is the first book to focus on the application of mixed methods research in the movement sciences, specifically in sport, physical education and dance. Researchers and practitioners in each of these fields are concerned with the study of habitual behaviour in naturalistic contexts, and of the concurrent and sequential nature of events and states, precisely the kind of work that multi-method research design can help illuminate.

The book is arranged into four sections. The first provides a thorough overview of mixed methods procedures and research design, and summarizes their applicability to the movement sciences. The remaining sections then offer detailed case studies of mixed methods research in team and individual sports (analyzing hidden patterns of play and optimising technique); kinesics and dance (analyzing motor skills behaviour in childhood, and the complexity of motor responses in dance); and physical education (detecting interaction patterns in group situations, and optimizing non-verbal communication by teachers and sports coaches).

Mixed Methods Research in the Movement Sciences offers an important new tool for researchers and helps to close the gap between the analysis of expert performance and our understanding of the general principles of movement science. It is important reading for any student, researcher or professional with an interest in motor control, sport and dance pedagogy, coaching, performance analysis or decision-making in sport.

Source: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415532273

On the Edge/Createurs de l’Imprevu : collection Nouvelles de Danse 32/33
Agnes Benoit (ed)

792.820922 NOU
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Dialogues on dance improvisation in performance/Dialogues autour de la danse et de l’improvisation en spectacle.

With/Avec: Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, K.J. Holmes, Suzanne Cotto, Felice Wolfzahn, Pauline de Groot, Simone Forti, David Zambrano, Julyen Hamilton, Mark Tompkins, Alessandro Certini, Katie Duck, Frans Poelstra & Aat Hougee.

In a series of conversations with leading dance-improvisers, On the Edge/Créateurs de l’Imprévu explores the work of improvisation as a compositional and performance form in contemporary dance. In this bilingual edition, Agnès Benoit-Nader has gathered interviews, lecture-performances and round table’s transcripts with 14 accomplished dancers/improvisers. In each encounter, the artists talk about their years of training, share their work process, and reflect on their improvisational practice. At the center of these conversations stands the notion of instant composition as a form of performance. On the Edge/Créateurs de l’Imprévu was first published in 1997.

Source: http://www.booksonthemove.eu/en/shop/books/english-books/?tx_commerce_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=792&cHash=4789fa0295

Parables for the Virtual : movement, affect, sensation
Brian Massumi

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128.6 MAS
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Although the body has been the focus of much contemporary cultural theory, the models that are typically applied neglect the most salient characteristics of embodied existence—movement, affect, and sensation—in favor of concepts derived from linguistic theory. In Parables for the Virtual Brian Massumi views the body and media such as television, film, and the Internet, as cultural formations that operate on multiple registers of sensation beyond the reach of the reading techniques founded on the standard rhetorical and semiotic models.

Source: https://www.dukeupress.edu/parables-for-the-virtual

Why We Dance : a philosophy of bodily becoming
Kimerer L. LaMothe

792.801 LAM
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Within intellectual paradigms that privilege mind over matter, dance has long appeared as a marginal, derivative, or primitive art. Drawing support from theorists and artists who embrace matter as dynamic and agential, this book offers a visionary definition of dance that illuminates its constitutive work in the ongoing evolution of human persons.

Why We Dance introduces a philosophy of bodily becoming that posits bodily movement as the source and telos of human life. Within this philosophy, dance appears as an activity that humans evolved to do as the enabling condition of their best bodily becoming. Weaving theoretical reflection with accounts of lived experience, this book positions dance as a catalyst in the development of human consciousness, compassion, ritual proclivity, and ecological adaptability. Aligning with trends in new materialism, affect theory, and feminist philosophy, as well as advances in dance and religious studies, this work reveals the vital role dance can play in reversing the trajectory of ecological self-destruction along which human civilization is racing.

Source: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/why-we-dance/9780231171052

Integrative Performance : practice & theory for the interdisciplinary performer
Experience Bryon

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Integrative Performance serves a crucial need of 21st-century performers by providing a transdisciplinary approach to training. Its radical new take on performance practice is designed for a climate that increasingly requires fully rounded artists. The book critiques and interrogates key current practices and offers a proven alternative to the idea that rigorous and effective training must separate the disciplines into discrete categories of acting, singing, and dance.

Experience Bryon’s Integrative Performance Practice is a way of working that will profoundly shift how performers engage with their training, conditioning and performance disciplines. It synthesizes the various elements of performance work in order to empower the performer as they practice across disciplines within any genre, style or aesthetic.

Theory and practice are balanced throughout, using:

  • Regular box-outs, introducing the work’s theoretical underpinnings through quotes, case studies and critical interjections.
  • A full program of exercises ranging from training of specific muscle groups, through working with text, to more subtle structures for integrative awareness and presence.

This book is the result of over twenty years of practice and research working with interdisciplinary artists across the world to produce a training that fully prepares performers for the demands of contemporary performance and all its somatic, emotive and vocal possibilities.

Source: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415694483/

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