New Directions in Dance

New Directions in Dance

Collected Writings from the Seventh Dance in Canada Conference Held at the University of Waterloo, Canada, June 1979

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Editor: Diana Theodores Taplin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483279800

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New Directions in Dance is a collection of papers presented at the Seventh Dance in Canada Conference held at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in June 1979. The book focuses on the future directions of dance and covers dance thought and expression, its physical realities, related arts, and its role in society. The topics encompass a wide range of disciplines, from choreography, semiotics, and aesthetics to criticism, psychology,history, physics, biomechanics, orthopedics, education, and computer analysis. Comprised of 19 chapters, this book begins with an introduction to Aristotle's dramatic theories and their application to the criticism of dances, particularly those with dramatic structure and/or origins. Of particular relevance are Aristotle's treatment of the aesthetic concepts of unity and causality; his definition of tragedy; the means of poetic imitation as diction and melody; and the manner of poetic imitation as dramatic with the use of spectacle. The discussion then turns to R. G. Collingwood's principles of art and whether they contain a theory of dance; some applications of linguistic and semiological concepts to theater dance; and parallel trends in the development of Expressionist painting and the genesis of modern dance in Germany. Subsequent chapters explore children as dance audience; the history of dance in Canada; the link between physics and ballet; and computer-assisted notation of dance. The final section is devoted to dance policy and education. This monograph will be of interest to dancers, dance scholars and researchers, artists, students, teachers, and others involved in the dance profession.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    Part I Aesthetics and Criticism

    Aristotle's Dramatic Theories Applied to Dance Criticism

    Does Collingwood's Principles of Art Contain a Theory of Dance?

    Semiotics and Theater Dance

    Parallel Trends in The Development of German Expressionist Painting and Modern Dance

    Children as Dance Audience

    On Critics and Criticism of Dance

    Part II History

    Whither Canadian Dance History?

    Canadian Choreographers: Brydon Paige

    Fokine's Manifesto and Les Sylphides

    The American Debut of Adeline Genée

    Part III The Application of Science

    Physics And Ballet: A New Pas de Deux

    Structure in Motion: The Influence of Morphology, Experience and the Ballet Barre on Verticality of Alignment in the Performance of the Plié

    A Survey of Dance Injuries

    Part IV Notation

    Notation of Dance With Computer Assistance

    Sutton Movement Shorthand

    Part V Policy and Education

    Policies and Politics in the Arts

    The Study of the Dance Teaching Process

    Creative Teaching for Dance Technique

    Enhancing Dance Competence: An Analysis of the Information Processing Demands


Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483279800

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Diana Theodores Taplin

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