The place of dance : a somatic guide to dancing and dance making.

By: Olsen, Andrea.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, Description: xxii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9780819574053.Subject(s): Performing Arts | Senses and sensation | Somesthesia | Dance-Psychological aspects | Dance-HistoryDDC classification: 792.8OLS
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The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing is our nature, available to all as well as refined for the stage. Andrea Olsen is an internationally known choreographer and educator who combines the science of body with creative practice. This workbook integrates experiential anatomy with the process of moving and dancing, with a particular focus on the creative journey involved in choreographing, improvising, and performing for the stage. Each of the chapters, or "days," introduces a particular theme and features a dance photograph, information on the topic, movement and writing investigations, personal anecdotes, and studio notes from professional artists and educators for further insight. The third in a trilogy of works about the body, including Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy and Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide, The Place of Dance will help each reader understand his/her dancing body through somatic work, create a dance, and have a full journal clarifying aesthetic views on his or her practice. It is well suited for anyone interested in engaging embodied intelligence and living more consciously.

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This book provides contemporary dance makers with a guide for developing a personal creative process. In this fourth collaborative text by the authors, they draw on more than 30 years of experience as choreographers, dancers, and teachers. For seven years they cotaught a "body and earth" training program, which sought to cross-fertilize ideas from contemporary dance and environmental studies in relation to creative processes, somatic practices, and scientific research. This volume arose from that endeavor. The book is organized as a sequence of 31 "days." (Readers can chose to approach the contents within an actual calendar month or take longer, depending on the investment they make in each chapter.) The format for each "day" includes an introduction to a particular focus (e.g., "training and technique") followed by prompts under the headings "to do" (for instance, "hip reflex"), "to dance" (e.g., "light-touch dances"), and "to write" (e.g., "identify your strengths and weaknesses"). Each chapter closes with "studio notes" that introduce one dance maker and, often, a set of exercises suggested by that person's creative process. The contents of each chapter are sufficiently rich and varied to support multiple cycles of inquiry. Well-chosen black-and-white photos and illustrations support the text. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. --Sharon E. Friedler, Swarthmore College