The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body by Pirkko MarkulaThe Evolving Feminine Ballet Body by Pirkko Markula

The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body

EditorPirkko Markula, Marianne I. Clark

Paperback | January 4, 2018

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Dance has become increasingly visible within contemporary culture: just think of reality TV shows featuring this art form. This shift brings the ballet body into renewed focus. Historically both celebrated and critiqued for its thin, flexible, and highly feminized aesthetic, the ballet body now takes on new and complex meanings at the intersections of performance art, popular culture, and fitness. The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body provides a local perspective to enrich the broader cultural narratives of ballet through historical, socio-cultural, political, and artistic lenses, redefining what many consider to be “high art.” Scholars in gender studies, folklore, popular culture, and cultural studies will be interested in this collection, as well as those involved in the dance world.Contributors: Kelsie Acton, Marianne I. Clark, Kate Z. Davies, Lindsay Eales, Pirkko Markula, Carolyn Millar, Jodie Vandekerkhove
Pirkko Markula is a contemporary dancer and professor of socio-cultural studies of physical activity at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include social analyses of dance, exercise, and sport from poststructuralist feminist perspectives and performance ethnography. She is the co-author, with Michael Silk, of Qu...
Title:The Evolving Feminine Ballet BodyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 4, 2018Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781772123340

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"Editors and contributors examine perceptions of femininity through the magnifying lens of classical dance. They are not ballet critics; they number dancers, instructors and sociologists. Yet the conclusions are stark.... "The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body" is fresh and compelling." [Full article at] - Holly Doan - Blacklock's Reporter - 20180303