The ancient dancer in the modern world: responses to Greek and Roman dance

TitleThe ancient dancer in the modern world: responses to Greek and Roman dance
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
EditorMacintosh, F
Number of Pages511 pp.
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780199548101
Abstract

When the eighteenth-century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre sought to develop what is now known as modern ballet, he turned to ancient pantomime as his source of inspiration; and when Isadora Duncan and her contemporaries looked for alternatives to the strictures of classical ballet, they looked to ancient Greek vases for models for what they termed 'natural' movement. This is the first book to examine systematically the long history of the impact of ideas about ancient Greek and Roman dance on modern theatrical and choreographic practices. With contributions from eminent classical scholars, dance historians, theatre specialists, modern literary critics, and art historians, as well as from contemporary practitioners, it offers a very wide conspectus on an under-explored but central aspect of classical reception, dance and theatre history, and the history of ideas. [http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199548101.do?keyword=ancient+dance&sortby=bestMatches]

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