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Dancing Women

Female Bodies Onstage

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Dancing Women by Sally Banes
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This work recasts canonical dance since the early 19th century in terms of a feminist perspective. Setting the creation of specific dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, it shows that choreographers have created representations of women that are shaped by - and that in part shape - society's continuing debates about sexuality and female identity. The book provides a series of re-readings of the canon, from Romantic ballet and Russian ballet to modern ballet and modern dance. It examines the icon status of "dancing divas" from Marie Taglioni, Isadora Duncan and Josephine Baker to Madonna and investigates women's images in genres of dance such as vaudeville and burlesque, the musical, exhibition ballroom dancing, and music videos. Using an interpretive strategy different from that of other feminist dance historians, who have stressed either victimization or celebration of women, the author uncovers a complex range of cultural representations of gender identities.

Author Biography

Sally Banes is Marian Hannah Winter Professor of Theatre and Dance History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published widely on dance.
Release date NZ
January 29th, 1998
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
25 b&w photographs
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
296
Dimensions
156x234x19
ISBN-13
9780415111621
Product ID
1678600

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