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Before, Between, and Beyond
Three Decades of Dance Writing
The definitive collection of writings and reviews
Sally Banes has been a preeminent critic and scholar of American contemporary dance, and Before, Between, and Beyond spans more than thirty years of her prolific work. Beginning with her first published review and including previously unpublished papers, this collection presents some of her finest works on dance and other artistic forms. It concludes with her most recent research on George Balanchine's dancing elephants. In each piece, Banes's detailed eye and sensual prose strike a rare balance between description, context, and opinion, delineating the American artistic scene with remarkable grace. With contextualizing essays by dance scholars Andrea Harris, Joan Acocella, and Lynn Garafola, this is an insightful, indispensable summation of Banes's critical career.
"Banes is one of the major dance critics and historians of our time. She explores a wide range of artistic and cultural issues–from experimental art to disco dancing to ballet dancing for elephants–in prose as engaging as it is erudite. Experiencing her mind, as many serious lovers of dance will agree, is a heady experience."—Deborah Jowitt, New York University, author of Time and the Dancing Image
Sally Banes is the Marian Hannah Winter Professor Emerita of Theater History and Dance Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison. Her many books include Reinventing Dance in the 1960s, Terpsichore in Sneakers, Dancing Women, Democracy's Body, and Greenwich Village 1963. Andrea Harris is assistant professor of dance at the UW–Madison. A former student of Sally Banes, she contributed to Banes's earlier book, Reinventing Dance in the 1960s, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
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Reinventing Dance in the 1960s
Everything Was Possible
Edited by Sally Banes with the assistance of Andrea Harris
LC: 2006031770 GV
376 pp. 6 x 9
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