Dancing Women: Female Bodies Onstage by Sally Banes

By Sally Banes

Dancing girls: woman our bodies Onstage is a extraordinary and well timed contribution to bop background, recasting canonical dance because the early 19th century when it comes to a feminist point of view. atmosphere the construction of particular dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, Sally Banes indicates that choreographers have created representations of ladies which are formed through - and that during half form - society's carrying on with debates approximately sexuality and feminine identity.
vast in its scope and compelling in its argument Dancing Women:
* presents a sequence of re-readings of the canon, from Romantic and Russian Imperial ballet to modern ballet and smooth dance
* investigates the gaps among plot and function that create sexual and gendered meanings
* examines how women's supplier is created in dance via features of choreographic constitution and style
* analyzes quite a number women's pictures - together with brides, mistresses, moms, sisters, witches, wraiths, enchanted princesses, peasants, revolutionaries, cowgirls, scientists, and athletes - in addition to the construction of assorted women's groups at the dance stage
* indicates ways to problems with gender in postmodern dance
utilizing an interpretive technique assorted from that of alternative feminist dance historians, who've under pressure both victimization or occasion of ladies, Banes unearths a way more advanced diversity of cultural representations of gender identities.

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