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Cranko

Author : Ashley Killar
Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
Page : 512 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2022-11-15
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781803132570

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Cranko by Ashley Killar Pdf

Shortly after the New York Times had hailed John Cranko’s achievement as 'The German Ballet Miracle', his death mid-Atlantic deprived the world of one of its greatest choreographers. After leaving his native South Africa at eighteen, never to return, Cranko quickly became a resident choreographer with the Royal Ballet. He collaborated closely with luminaries such as Benjamin Britten and John Piper and encouraged the young Kenneth MacMillan. Tirelessly innovative, he devised a hit musical revue, Cranks as well as perennial favourites such as Pineapple Poll. His charm and wit endeared him to colleagues and royalty alike, but in the late 1950s his star began to wane. This, and a much-publicised scandal, drove Cranko to leave England for Germany. There, his work as director and choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet enjoyed phenomenal success in USA, Russia and Europe. Fifty years after his tragically early death, Cranko’s story ballets continue to enrich ballet audiences around the world. The author danced in the Stuttgart Ballet’s premieres of Cranko’s Onegin, Romeo and Juliet and many more. He reveals the man behind the masterpieces and explores an array of lesser-known works, bringing to light fascinating facts about the genesis of Cranko’s ballets. Lavishly illustrated with rare photographs, the book contains Cranko’s personal letters and extensive reference material. It brings the reader surprising insights into the life and work of a truly exceptional man of theatre.

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet

Author : Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel,Jill Nunes Jensen
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 1013 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 2021
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9780190871499

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The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet by Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel,Jill Nunes Jensen Pdf

"Nearly four hundred and fifty years in, ballet still resonates-though the stages have become international, and the dancers, athletes far removed from noble amateurs. While vibrations from the form's beginnings clearly resound, much has transformed. Nowadays ballet dancers aspire to work across disciplines with choreographers who value a myriad of abilities. Dance theorists and historians make known possibilities and polemics in lieu of notating dances verbatim, and critics do the daily work of recording performance histories and interviewing artists. Ideas circulate, questions arise, and discussions about how to resist ballet's outmoded traditions take precedence. In the dance community, calls for innovation have defined palpable shifts in ballet's direction and resultantly we have arrived at a new moment in its history that is unquestionably recognized as a genre onto its own: Contemporary Ballet. An aspect of this recent discipline is that its dancemakers, more often than not, seek to reorient the viewer by celebrating what could be deemed vulnerabilities, re-construing ideals of perfection, problematizing the marginalized/mainstream dichotomy, bringing audiences closer in to observe, and letting the art become an experience rather than a distant object preciously guarded out of reach. Hence, the practice of ballet is moving to become a less-mediated and more active process in many circumstances. Performers and audiences alike are challenged, and while convention is still omnipresent, choices are being made. For some, this approach has been drawn on for decades, and for others it signifies a changing of the guard, yet however we arrive there, the conclusion is the same: Contemporary Ballet is not a style. That is to say, it is not a trend, phase, or fashionable term that will fade, rather it is a clear period in ballet's time deserved of investigation. And it is into this moment that we enter"--

Music, Dance and Translation

Author : Helen Julia Minors
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Page : 217 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2023-10-05
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9781350175754

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Music, Dance and Translation by Helen Julia Minors Pdf

How is music affected by its translation, interpretation and adaptation with, through, and by dance? How might notation of dance and music act as a form of translation? How does music influence the creation of dance? How might dance and music be understood to exchange and transfer their content, sense and process during both the creative process and the interpretative process? Bringing together chapters that explore theory and practice, this book questions the process and role translation has to play in the context of music and dance. It provides a range of case studies across this interdisciplinary field, and is not restricted by genre, style or cultural location. As one of very few volumes to explore translation in relation to music and to overtly tackle this topic in terms of dance, it moves the argument from a broad notion of text and translation, to think critically about the sound and movement arts of music and dance, using translation as a model to better understand the collaboration of these art forms.

Britten and the Far East

Author : Mervyn Cooke
Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
Page : 310 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 1998
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 0851158307

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Britten and the Far East by Mervyn Cooke Pdf

Investigation into the influence of Eastern music on Britten's composition. Benjamin Britten's interest in the musical traditions of the Far East had a far-reaching influence on his compositional style; this book is the first to investigate the highly original cross-cultural synthesis he was able to achieve through the use of material borrowed from Balinese, Japanese and Indian music. Britten's visit to Indonesia and Japan in 1955-6 is reconstructed from archival sources, and shown to have had a profound impact on his subsequent work: the techniques of Balinese gamelan music were used in the ballet The Prince of the Pagodas (1957), and then became an essential feature of Britten's compositional style, at their most potent in Death in Venice(1973). The No drama and Gagaku court music of Japan were the inspiration for the trilogy of church parables Britten composed in the 1960s. The precise nature of these influences is discussed; Britten's sporadic borrowings from Indian music are also fully analysed. There is a survey of critical responses to Britten's cross-cultural experiments. Dr MERVYN COOKE lectures in music at the University of Nottingham.

Passion to Dance

Author : James Neufeld
Publisher : Dundurn
Page : 480 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2011-10-23
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9781459701236

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Passion to Dance by James Neufeld Pdf

This is the story of the National Ballet of Canada – the people, the determination, and how at sixty it is still creating new work while still representing the classics. Passion to Dance is the story of the National Ballet of Canada – the people who dreamt the company into existence, the determination needed to keep it afloat, the bumps on the road to its success, and above all, its passion for dance as a living, evolving art form. From catch-as-catch-can beginnings – borrowed quarters, tiny stages, enormous dreams the National Ballet has emerged as one of North America’s foremost dance troupes. The company at sixty is a company of its time, engaged in creating challenging new work, yet committed to maintaining the classics of the past, favourites like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker,and The Sleeping Beauty. One hundred and fifty photographs from the company’s archives illustrate this definitive history, filled with eyewitness accounts, backstage glimpses, and fascinating detail. This is a record of one of Canada’s boldest cultural experiments, a book to enjoy now and keep forever.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance

Author : Lynsey McCulloch,Brandon Shaw
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 904 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2019-01-28
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780190498795

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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance by Lynsey McCulloch,Brandon Shaw Pdf

Shakespeare's texts have a long and close relationship with many different types of dance, from dance forms referenced in the plays to adaptations across many genres today. With contributions from experienced and emerging scholars, this handbook provides a concise reference on dance as both an integral feature of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and as a means of translating Shakespearean text into movement - a process that raises questions of authorship and authority, cross-cultural communication, semantics, embodiment, and the relationship between word and image. Motivated by growing interest in movement, materiality, and the body, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance is the first collection to examine the relationship between William Shakespeare - his life, works, and afterlife - and dance. In the handbook's first section - Shakespeare and Dance - authors consider dance within the context of early modern life and culture and investigate Shakespeare's use of dance forms within his writing. The latter half of the handbook - Shakespeare as Dance - explores the ways that choreographers have adapted Shakespeare's work. Chapters address everything from narrative ballet adaptations to dance in musicals, physical theater adaptations, and interpretations using non-Western dance forms such as Cambodian traditional dance or igal, an indigenous dance form from the southern Philippines. With a truly interdisciplinary approach, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance provides an indispensable resource for considerations of dance and corporeality on Shakespeare's stage and the early modern era.

Europe Dancing

Author : Andree Grau,Stephanie Jordan
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 248 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2002-06
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9781134696543

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Europe Dancing by Andree Grau,Stephanie Jordan Pdf

Europe Dancing examines the dance cultures and movements which have developed in Europe since the Second World War. Nine countries are represented in this unique collaboration between European dance scholars. The contributors chart the art form, and discuss the outside influences which have shaped it. This comprehensive book explores: * questions of identity within individual countries, within Europe, and in relation to the USA * the East/West cultural division * the development of state subsidy for dance * the rise of contemporary dance as an 'alternative' genre * the implications for dance of political, economic and social change. Useful historical charts are included to trace significant dance and political events throughout the twentieth century in each country. Never before has this information been gathered together in one place. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in dance and its growth and development in recent years.

Ballet and Dance

Author : Linda Doeser
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 286 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 1980
Category : Ballet companies
ISBN : 0896730565

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Dundurn Performing Arts Library Bundle — Theatre

Author : James Neufeld,Charles Foster,Mel Atkey,Martin Hunter,Sheila M.F. Johnston,Ward McBurney
Publisher : Dundurn
Page : 2276 pages
File Size : 53,6 Mb
Release : 2013-12-26
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9781459728301

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Dundurn Performing Arts Library Bundle — Theatre by James Neufeld,Charles Foster,Mel Atkey,Martin Hunter,Sheila M.F. Johnston,Ward McBurney Pdf

This special bundle contains seven books that detail Canada’s long and storied history in the performing arts. We learn about Canada’s early Hollywood celebrity movie stars; Canadians’ vast contributions to successful international stage musicals; the story of The Grand, a famous theatre in London, Ontario; reminiscences from the early days of radio; the history of the renowned Stratford Festival; and a lavish history of the famous National Ballet of Canada. Canada’s performing artists blossomed in the twentieth century, and you can learn all about it here. Includes Broadway North Let’s Go to The Grand! Once Upon a Time in Paradise Passion to Dance Sky Train Romancing the Bard Stardust and Shadows

Different Drummer

Author : Jann Parry
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Page : 786 pages
File Size : 49,5 Mb
Release : 2010-10-07
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780571274512

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Different Drummer by Jann Parry Pdf

Kenneth MacMillan's ballets are in constant demand by world-famous companies, particularly Romeo and Juliet, Manon and Mayerling. However, MacMillan was tormented by an acute sense of being an outsider, and often at odds with the institutions in which he worked. A real-life Billy Elliot from a Scottish working class family, MacMillan demonstrated a prodigious talent for dancing from an early age. Following the premature death of his mother, the young MacMillan sought an escape, and despite his father's disapproval, secured a place at Sadler's Wells. Paradoxically he found himself crippled by stage-fright during the height of his professional career, leaving him with only one option - choreography. He went on to produce ballets which defied convention and became renowned for challenging audiences. Despite criticism, MacMillan achieved international acclaim, becoming artistic director of both the Berlin Ballet and the Royal Ballet. On a personal level he found unexpected happiness with his wife and daughter in the later stages of his life, making it all the more tragic when he died suddenly at the age of 62. This stunning biography reveals a complex artist who fiercely guarded his own privacy, whilst his ballets communicated his darkest and most intimate thoughts.

Shakespeare and European Politics

Author : Dirk Delabastita,Jozef de Vos,Paul Franssen
Publisher : Associated University Presse
Page : 398 pages
File Size : 42,9 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 0874130042

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Shakespeare and European Politics by Dirk Delabastita,Jozef de Vos,Paul Franssen Pdf

"This volume's main focus is on the ways in which, over the past 400 years, Shakespeare has played a role of significance within a European framework, particularly where a series of political events and ideologically based developments were concerned, such as the early modern wars of religion, the emergence of "the nation" during the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the First and Second World Wars, the process of European unification during the 1990s, the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, and Britain's participation in the war in Iraq." "The whole of the collection and particularly the opening section clearly invites a European and even a global perspective." "This book convincingly demonstrates that Shakespeare, both at the level of his meaning in his own time and at that of his reception in later ages, should no longer be studied only in relation to particular nations, but as Dirk Delabastita argues, also at various supranational levels." --Book Jacket.

Bibliographic Guide to Dance

Author : New York Public Library. Dance Collection
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 642 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 1994
Category : Dance
ISBN : STANFORD:36105116554937

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Bibliographic Guide to Dance by New York Public Library. Dance Collection Pdf

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Music

Author : Christopher R. Wilson,Mervyn Cooke
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 1289 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 2022
Category : Drama
ISBN : 9780190945145

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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Music by Christopher R. Wilson,Mervyn Cooke Pdf

"This compendium reflects the latest international research into the many and various uses of music in relation to Shakespeare's plays and poems, the contributors' lines of enquiry extending from the Bard's own time to the present day. The coverage is global in its scope, and includes studies of Shakespeare-related music in countries as diverse as China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, and the Soviet Union, as well as the more familiar Anglophone musical and theatrical traditions of the UK and USA. The range of genres surveyed by the book's team of distinguished authors embraces music for theatre, opera, ballet, musicals, the concert hall, and film, in addition to Shakespeare's ongoing afterlives in folk music, jazz, and popular music. The authors take a range of diverse approaches: some investigate the evidence for performative practices in the Early Modern and later eras, while others offer detailed analyses of representative case studies, situating these firmly in their cultural contexts, or reflecting on the political and sociological ramifications of the music. As a whole, the volume provides a wide-ranging compendium of cutting-edge scholarship engaging with an extraordinarily rich body of music without parallel in the history of the global arts"--

Benjamin Britten in Context

Author : Vicki P Stroeher,Justin Vickers
Publisher : Composers in Context
Page : 427 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 2022-04-21
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781108496698

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Benjamin Britten in Context by Vicki P Stroeher,Justin Vickers Pdf

A thematically organised overview of the musical, social and cultural contexts for the multi-faceted career of this pivotal British composer.

Dictionary Catalog of the Dance Collection

Author : New York Public Library. Dance Collection
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 712 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 1974
Category : Dance
ISBN : UOM:39015036784737

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Dictionary Catalog of the Dance Collection by New York Public Library. Dance Collection Pdf