On Stage Alone: Soloists and the Modern Dance Canon

On Stage Alone: Soloists and the Modern Dance Canon


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“The breadth and depth of the editors’ experiences is evident. . . . The common thread is the premise that solo dance artists can and have shaped cultural attitudes. . . . the collection addresses substantive questions and illuminates the ongoing significance of solo dance as an aspect of modern dance history.”—Choice


On Stage Alone is broad in its scope…a welcome addition to dance literature.”—Michelle Potter on Dancing


“Diverse in both the artists considered and research approaches utilized, this thoughtful and engaging collection of essays enriches the growing body of dance scholarship by introducing us to the works of an array of daring and creative solo dance artists.”—Linda Caruso Haviland, Bryn Mawr College


“Providing a broad examination of the solo that spans the twentieth century, the expertly curated essays in this volume bring to light specific soloists’ work while also reflecting larger trends in concert dance and interrogating issues of aesthetics, performativity, gender, race, and nation. It is a welcome addition to the field.”—Hannah Kosstrin, Reed College

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813060347
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Claudia Gitelman (1936–2012) was associate professor emerita of dance at Rutgers University. Gitelman danced internationally, on Broadway, and as an original member of Nikolais Dance Theatre. Barbara Palfy was founding editor of Studies in Dance History and is an associate editor of other important dance journals.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction Claudia Gitelman 1

1 Michio Ito s Shadow: Searching for the Transnational in Solo Dance Carrie J. Preston 7

2 Alone into the World: Reflections on Solos from 1919 by Vaslav Nijinsky and Mary Wigman Ramsay Burt 31

3 The Solo That Isn't a Solo: Ann Carlson's Dances with Animals Janice Ross 55

4 Aesthetics of Early Modernist Solo Dance in Central Europe Karl Toepfer 73

5 Exotica and Ethereality: The Solo Art of Maud Allan Julie Malnig 119

6 Modernity and Nationalism in Solo Dance in Brazil: The Bailado of Eros Volúsia and the Performance of Luiz de Abreu Sandra Meyer 141

7 Strange Heroes Deborah Jowitt 163

8 Anna Huber: A Conceptual Moment in Switzerland Renée E. D'Aoust 187

List of Contributors 203

Index 205

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