The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World: Responses to Greek and Roman Dance

Paperback | July 5, 2012

EditorFiona Macintosh

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When the eighteenth-century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre sought to develop what is now known as modern ballet, he turned to ancient pantomime as his source of inspiration; and when Isadora Duncan and her contemporaries looked for alternatives to the strictures of classical ballet, theylooked to ancient Greek vases for models for what they termed 'natural' movement. This is the first book to examine systematically the long history of the impact of ideas about ancient Greek and Roman dance on modern theatrical and choreographic practices. With contributions from eminent classicalscholars, dance historians, theatre specialists, modern literary critics, and art historians, as well as from contemporary practitioners, it offers a very wide conspectus on an under-explored but central aspect of classical reception, dance and theatre history, and the history of ideas.

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When the eighteenth-century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre sought to develop what is now known as modern ballet, he turned to ancient pantomime as his source of inspiration; and when Isadora Duncan and her contemporaries looked for alternatives to the strictures of classical ballet, theylooked to ancient Greek vases for models for ...

Fiona Macintosh became Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama in January 2010, after ten years as Senior Research Fellow. In 2008 she was made Reader in Greek and Roman Drama. She is currently Supernumerary Fellow of St Hilda's College and University Lecturer in the Reception of Greek and Roman Literature. Sh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:532 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Fiona Macintosh: IntroductionI. Dance and the Ancient Sources1. Ismene Lada-Richards: Dead but not Extinct: On Reinventing Pantomime Dancing in Eighteenth-Century England and France2. Frederick Naerebout: 'In Search of a Dead Rat': The Reception of Ancient Greek Dance in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe and America3. Ann Cooper-Albright: The Tanagra Effect: Wrapping the Modern Body in the Folds of Ancient Greece4. Tyler Jo Smith: Reception or Deception? Approaching Dance through Vase-Painting5. Kathleen Riley: A Pylades for the twentieth century: Fred Astaire and the Aesthetic of Bodily EloquenceII. Dance and Decadence6. Ruth Webb: 'Where there is Dance there is the Devil': Ancient and Modern Representations of Salome7. Edith Hall: 'Heroes of the Dance Floor': The Missing Exemplary Male Dancer in the Ancient Sources8. Jennifer Thorp: Servile Bodies? The Status of the Professional Dancer in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries9. Fiona Macintosh: Dancing Maenads in Early Twentieth-Century BritainIII. Dance and Myth10. Barbara Ravelhofer: Ancient Greece, Dance and the English Masque11. Pantelis Michelakis: Dancing with Prometheus: Performance and Spectacle in the 1920s12. Alessandra Zanobi: From Duncan to Bausch with Iphigenia13. Henrietta Bannerman: Ancient Myths and Modern Moves: The Greek-Inspired Dance Theatre of Martha Graham14. Nadine Meisner: Iphigenia, Orpheus and Eurydice in the Human Narrative of Pina BauschIV. Ancient Dance and the Modern Mind15. Daniel Albright: Knowing the Dancer, Knowing the Dance: The Dancer as Decor16. Sue Jones: Modernism and Dance: Apollonian or Dionysian?17. Vanda Zajko: Dance, Psychoanalysis and Modernist Aesthetics: Martha Graham's `Night Journey'18. Arabella Stanger: Striking a Balance: The Apolline and Dionysiac in Post-Classical Choreography19. Richard Cave: Caryl Churchill and Ian Spink 'allowing the past to speak directly to the present'V. The Ancient Chorus in Contemporary Performance20. Yana Zarifi: Staniewski's Secret Alphabet of Gestures: Dance, Body and Metaphysics21. Struan Leslie: Gesamtkunstwerk: Modern Moves and the Ancient Chorus22. Suzy Willson and Helen Eastman: Red Ladies : Who are they and what do they want?