Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theatre, 1962–1964 by Sally Banes

By Sally Banes

Democracy's physique offers a full of life, special account of the beginnings of the Judson Dance Theater--a well known middle of dance experimentation in New York's Greenwich Village--and its position within the better historical past of the avant-garde paintings scene of the Nineteen Sixties. JDT all started whilst Robert Dunn, a pupil of John Cage, provided a dance composition category in Merce Cunningham's studio. The performers--many of whom incorporated essentially the most well-liked figures within the arts within the early sisties--found a welcome functionality domestic within the Judson Memorial Church within the Village. Sally Banes's account attracts on interviews, letters, diaries, motion pictures, and reconstructions of dances to color a portrait of the wealthy tradition of Judson, which was once the seedbed for postmodern dance and the 1st avant-garde stream in dance theater because the sleek dance of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties. initially released in 1983, this version brings again into print a very popular paintings of dance history.

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