Deborah Jowitt

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Time and the Dancing Image

Annotated list of the sections:

  1. Flesh and Spirit: The Uneasy Balance
    In Pursuit of the Sylph
    Heroism in the Harem
    [19th-century ballet Romanticism]

  2. The Search for Motion [Isadora Duncan]

  3. Sphinxes, Slaves, and Goddesses
    The Veils of Salome
    The Veil of Isis
    [Two views of Orientalism in fin-de siècle ballet and modern dance]

  4. Modern Movers
    The Created Self
    Group Spirits
    [Modern dancers of the 1920s and 1930s in Germany and America]

  5. The Heroines Within [Martha Graham]
    By Their Steps You Shall Know Them
    In the Royal Image [late 19th-century ballet in Russia]
    Forward to Petipa [George Balanchine’s vision]

  6. Illusion of Choice—Acceptance of Chance [Merce Cunningham and John Cage]

  7. Everyday Bodies [radical revisions of the 1960s in New York]

  8. The Allure of Metamorphosis [20th-century artists and companies and the disguising of the body]

Selected Works

Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance
A critical examination of the works of choreographer Jerome Robbins in relation to his life.
Historical Essays
Time and the Dancing Image
Critical essays focusing on the changing image of the dancer in relation to cultural shifts.

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