A Handbook for the Appreciation of the Choreographic Experience
About the Book
In dance, the choreographer creates, the dancer performs and the viewer observes. This work is a handbook for the viewer. By presenting historical and artistic perspectives of dance, dance events are made more approachable and appreciation for the art form is heightened.
The choreographic components of body language, content, structure, music, design and interpretation are included. Also discussed is the development of critical reaction over time. Examples are drawn from Western theatrical dance and worldwide cultural variations. Terms are explained throughout the text, and an extensive bibliography gives sources in print and on tape for further study.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Life, Art and Dance 3
Chapter 2: Styles in Review: Ethnic and Ballet 25
Chapter 3: Expressive Styles and Beyond 45
Chapter 4: Subject and Body Language 69
Chapter 5: Compositional Engineering 91
Chapter 6: Music and Dance, Partners in Art 113
Chapter 7: Designing Artists 133
Chapter 8: Gods and Goddesses: Performers on Stage 153
Chapter 9: Thoughts About Repertory 169
Chapter 10: Moving Rituals 183
Chapter 11: Critical Questions 203
Book Reviews & Awards
- “Extensive bibliography…provide[s] an excellent resource for the dance student/scholar”—Choice
- “Provides a special focus on the choreographic experience to present the viewer with a historical and artistic survey of dance choreography”—Midwest Book Review.