Moving With The Times by Valerie Preston-DunlopMoving With The Times by Valerie Preston-Dunlop

Moving With The Times

byValerie Preston-Dunlop

Hardcover | June 2, 2017

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Uncompromising innovator, researcher,
dancer and scholar, mentor and matriarch
She is a bishop’s daughter with a silver-spoon
childhood and youthful traumas through
the death of her father, wartime separation
and teenage poverty. Valerie’s meeting, aged
sixteen, with the extraordinary Hungarian
Rudolf Laban, guru of expressionist dance,
set her on a life-long career devoted to
questioning, championing and developing
his initial insights into dance as a deeply
significant art form for human wellbeing.
Her writing exposes her battles to integrate
dance practice with dance scholarship in a
world set up to keep them apart.
She shares the difficulties of balancing the
demands of family with professional life
exacerbated by the catastrophic illness of her
husband John and her own experience of
mental breakdown.
She describes her travels taking dance all
over the globe and collecting evidence across
Europe of Laban’s leadership of German dance
in the 1920s and 1930s, work that the Nazi
regime almost succeeded in annihilating.
The book traces her support of what is
now Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music
and Dance, from being in its first cohort of
students in a grubby studio in Manchester to
being honoured as a Fellow in its Herzog and
de Meuron award-winning building in South
London.
Valerie shares her wholehearted commitment
to whatever was on offer at difference stages of
her life from performing and choreographing,
renovating a Victorian garden and running
clubs for disadvantaged people, writing books
and directing documentaries, educating
dancers and dance makers, engaging with
all manner of people along the way from the
left-wing theatre director Joan Littlewood to
the establishment Archbishop of Canterbury
or the astounding choreographer William
Forsythe, while nurturing her family and embracing Quakerism.

Title:Moving With The TimesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:210 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:June 2, 2017Publisher:Dance BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1906830800

ISBN - 13:9781906830809

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Uncompromising innovator, researcher,dancer and scholar, mentor and matriarchShe is a bishop’s daughter with a silver-spoonchildhood and youthful traumas throughthe death of her father, wartime separationand teenage poverty. Valerie’s meeting, agedsixteen, with the extraordinary HungarianRudolf Laban, guru of expressionist dance,set her on a life-long career devoted toquestioning, championing and developinghis initial insights into dance as a deeplysignificant art form for human wellbeing.Her writing exposes her battles to integratedance practice with dance scholarship in aworld set up to keep them apart.She shares the difficulties of balancing thedemands of family with professional lifeexacerbated by the catastrophic illness of herhusband John and her own experience ofmental breakdown.She describes her travels taking dance allover the globe and collecting evidence acrossEurope of Laban’s leadership of German dancein the 1920s and 1930s, work that the Naziregime almost succeeded in annihilating.The book traces her support of what isnow Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Musicand Dance, from being in its first cohort ofstudents in a grubby studio in Manchester tobeing honoured as a Fellow in its Herzog andde Meuron award-winning building in SouthLondon.Valerie shares her wholehearted commitmentto whatever was on offer at difference stages ofher life from performing and choreographing,renovating a Victorian garden and runningclubs for disadvantaged people, writing booksand directing documentaries, educatingdancers and dance makers, engaging withall manner of people along the way from theleft-wing theatre director Joan Littlewood tothe establishment Archbishop of Canterburyor the astounding choreographer WilliamForsythe, while nurturing her family and embracing Quakerism.