The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition

Author: Sherril Dodds
Publisher: Oxford Handbooks
ISBN: 0190639083
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the twenty-first century, values of competition underpin the free-market economy and aspirations of individual achievement shape the broader social world. Consequently, ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, judgment and worth, influence the dance that we see and do. Across stage, studio, street, and screen, economies of competition impact bodily aesthetics, choreographic strategies, and danced meanings. In formalized competitions, dancers are judged according to industry standards to accumulate social capital and financial gain. Within the capitalist economy, dancing bodies compete to win positions in prestigious companies, while choreographers hustle to secure funding and attract audiences. On the social dance floor, dancers participate in dance-offs that often include unspoken, but nevertheless complex, rules of bodily engagement. And the media attraction to the drama and spectacle of competition regularly plays out in reality television shows, film documentaries, and Hollywood cinema. Drawing upon a diverse collection of dances across history and geography, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition asks how competition affects the presentation and experience of dance and, in response, how dancing bodies negotiate, critique, and resist the aesthetic and social structures of the competition paradigm.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition

Author: Dr. Sherril Dodds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190639105
Format: PDF
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In the twenty-first century, values of competition underpin the free-market economy and aspirations of individual achievement shape the broader social world. Consequently, ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, judgment and worth, influence the dance that we see and do. Across stage, studio, street, and screen, economies of competition impact bodily aesthetics, choreographic strategies, and danced meanings. In formalized competitions, dancers are judged according to industry standards to accumulate social capital and financial gain. Within the capitalist economy, dancing bodies compete to win positions in prestigious companies, while choreographers hustle to secure funding and attract audiences. On the social dance floor, dancers participate in dance-offs that often include unspoken, but nevertheless complex, rules of bodily engagement. And the media attraction to the drama and spectacle of competition regularly plays out in reality television shows, film documentaries, and Hollywood cinema. Drawing upon a diverse collection of dances across history and geography, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition asks how competition affects the presentation and experience of dance and, in response, how dancing bodies negotiate, critique, and resist the aesthetic and social structures of the competition paradigm.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing

Author: Vassiliki Karkou
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199949298
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing adopts a broad understanding of wellbeing, considering various applications of dance in promoting it. The five sections encompass diverse perspectives on dance and related movement practices, including (i) physical, socio-cultural and emotional aspects, (ii) performance, (iii) education, (iv) community, and (v) dance in health care settings. Within these diverse contexts, theoreticians, scientists, researchers and practitioners from around the world engage, and invited readers to engage, in configuring dance, wellbeing and creative cross-overs"--

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics

Author: Rebekah J. Kowal
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199928185
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In recent decades, dance has become a vehicle for querying assumptions about what it means to be embodied, in turn illuminating intersections among the political, the social, the aesthetical, and the phenomenological. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics edited by internationally lauded scholars Rebekah Kowal, Gerald Siegmund, and the late Randy Martin presents a compendium of newly-commissioned chapters that address the interdisciplinary and global scope of dance theory - its political philosophy, social movements, and approaches to bodily difference such as disability, postcolonial, and critical race and queer studies. In six sections 30 of the most prestigious dance scholars in the US and Europe track the political economy of dance and analyze the political dimensions of choreography, of writing history, and of embodied phenomena in general. Employing years of intimate knowledge of dance and its cultural phenomenology, scholars urge readers to re-think dominant cultural codes, their usages, and the meaning they produce and theorize ways dance may help to re-signify and to re-negotiate established cultural practices and their inherent power relations. This handbook poses ever-present questions about dance politics-which aspects or effects of a dance can be considered political? What possibilities and understandings of politics are disclosed through dance? How does a particular dance articulate or undermine forces of authority? How might dance relate to emancipation or bondage of the body? Where and how can dance articulate social movements, represent or challenge political institutions, or offer insight into habits of labor and leisure? The handbook opens its critical terms in two directions. First, it offers an elaborated understanding of how dance achieves its politics. Second, it illustrates how notions of the political are themselves expanded when viewed from the perspective of dance, thus addressing both the relationship between the politics in dance and the politics of dance. Using the most sophisticated theoretical frameworks and engaging with the problematics that come from philosophy, social science, history, and the humanities, chapters explore the affinities, affiliations, concepts, and critiques that are inherent in the act of dance, and questions about matters political that dance makes legible.

Shakespeare f r Dummies

Author: John Doyle
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527800913
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Entdecken Sie die Geheimnisse von Romeo, Hamlet, Macbeth & Co. Dachten Sie bisher immer, dass Shakespeare eine Nummer zu groß für Sie ist? Oder gehören Sie zu denjenigen, die dank der zahlreichen Verfilmungen seiner Werke gerne mehr über ihn erfahren möchten? Oder möchten Sie einmal einen Blick in die englischen Originale werfen? Dann sollten Sie sich dieses Buch nicht entgehen lassen. Fernab von trockenen Schulvorträgen und schlechten Aufführungen entführen Sie John Doyle und Ray Lischner in die spannende Welt von Shakespeare. Sie führen Sie an seine wichtigsten Werke heran: die Tragödien, Komödien, Historien und Sonette. Außerdem erfahren Sie alles über sein Leben und sein außergewöhnliches Englisch.

Eine Geschichte der Oper

Author: Carolyn Abbate
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406655432
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Die Oper ist in vielerlei Hinsicht das außergewöhnlichste künstlerische Medium der letzten 400 Jahre: Opernhäuser, Ausstattung, Technik und nicht zuletzt die Künstler lassen sie zu einer nachgerade unerschwinglich teuren Kunstform werden – eine Kunstform, die zudem offenkundig unrealistisch ist. Und doch vermag nichts anderes menschliche Leidenschaften mit solch überwältigender Kraft, Dramatik und Gefühlsstärke auszudrücken wie gerade die Oper. Dieses Buch – seit langem die erste einbändige und zugleich umfassende Gesamtdarstellung zu diesem Thema – liest sich wie eine Ode an die Oper selbst. Seine beiden Autoren stellen zahlreiche Werke der bekanntesten Opernkomponisten vor: von Monteverdi, Händel und Mozart über Verdi, Wagner, Strauss und Puccini bis zu Berg und Britten. Sie bieten einen anschaulichen, oft amüsanten und stets informativen Überblick über die sozialen und politischen Hintergründe der jeweiligen Kompositionen, beziehen deren literarische Kontexte und die wirtschaftlichen Verhältnisse mit ein, unter denen sie entstanden sind, und vernachlässigen auch nicht die Polemiken, die das Operngeschehen über die Jahrhunderte kontinuierlich begleitet haben. Auch wenn inzwischen die beliebtesten und langlebigsten Werke aus einer längst vergangenen Epoche stammen, deren Lebensumstände uns heute völlig fremd sind – und auch wenn die zeitgenössische Oper heutzutage auf den Bühnen kaum eine Rolle spielt –, so hat die Oper doch nichts an Reiz, Lebendigkeit und Attraktion eingebüßt. Heute wie vor 400 Jahren lässt sie das Publikum Tränen vergießen, zischen, heftig debattieren oder in Begeisterungsstürme ausbrechen. In dieser Wirkungsmacht übertrifft sie jede andere Kunstform.