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Author Kowal, Rebekah J.
Title How to do things with dance : performing change in postwar America / Rebekah J. Kowal.
Published Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, c2010.
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 Floor2  GV1783 .K68 2010    IN LIBRARY
Description xiii, 323 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note "This is a book about the history of dance modernism in the United States after World War II. It is also a cultural history of the postwar period seen through the lens of modern dance"--P. 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Modern Dance and the Cultural Turn to Action -- Setting the Stage : Modern Dance Universalism and the Culture of Containment -- Precursors to Action / Martha Graham, Jose Limon -- Action is Ordinary / Anna Sokolow -- Action is Effective / Pearl Primus -- Action is Finding Subjectivity / Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor -- The Uses of Action 1 / Talley Beatty, Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle -- The Uses of Action 2 / Anna Halprin.
Summary ""Integrating dance into U.S. social and political life, Rebekah Kowal's book demonstrates persuasively that mid-century dance initiatives contributed crucial innovations to modern dance while also vitally engaging with the tensions within the American body politic that would lead to the fights for racial and gender equality in the 1960s. Her research combines meticulous scholarship with a broad and insightful command of U.S. history."--Susan Leigh Foster, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles<BR><BR>"Kowal convincingly argues that the most salient point of postwar American dance was not the insularity of objectivism but the engagement of action. By questioning the normative movement practices inscribed on our bodies, choreographers like Sokolow, Cunningham, and Halprin bridged method acting and the sit-ins."--Daniel Belgrad, author of Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Modern dance -- United States -- History.
Modern dance -- Social aspects.
Choreographers -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
United States -- History -- 1945-
ISBN 9780819568977 (cloth : alk. paper)
081956897X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780819568984 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0819568988 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 474870207