Dance History(s): Imagination as a Form of Study

Copublished with Big Dance Theater and Wesleyan University Press
Edited by Annie-B Parson and Thomas F. DeFrantz
Text by mayfield brooks, thomas f. defrantz, Maura Nguyn Donohue, Keith Hennessy, Bebe Miller, Okwui Okpokwasili, Eiko Otake, Annie-B Parson, Javier Stell-Frésquez, Ogemdi Ude, Mariana Valencia, and Andros Zins-Browne
Poster and 12 illustrated booklets, softcover, 5 1/3 x 7 3/4 inches


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In an effort to deepen our understanding of what dance is and how it has functioned throughout human history, this prismatic book project is dedicated to an artist-centric perception of dance history. Diverse dance artists from the American dance field contribute personal views of how dance has unfolded over time, answering the question: “Who is in your imaginary dance family tree, FROM the beginning of time to YOU/now?”

Twelve illustrated booklets, each written by a working choreographer, address the subject of dance history from nonacademic, subjective, poetic perspectives. The books model a way of enlarging and complicating how we view dance history by giving the authorial microphone to artists, to learn how their embodied perceptions relate to or diverge from the dominant dance canon.

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