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New Directions in Dance - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080247731, 9781483279800

New Directions in Dance

1st Edition

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

Editor: Diana Theodores Taplin
eBook ISBN: 9781483279800
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 240
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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



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



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Diana Theodores Taplin

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