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Janez Janša (Ur.): THEORIES OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE (2001)

Maska’s Transformacije collection has finally been enriched with a long expected collection of articles Theories of Contemporary Dance. It represents the first book in Slovenian language that deals with the phenomenon of contemporary dance, an art that has marked the 20th century and has in the last two decades also asserted itself remarkably in Slovenia.

The book features 17 articles by worldly acclaimed authors that are theoretically or practically engaged in contemporary dance. Thus you can read the celebrated text by Paul Valery “Philosophy of Dance”, a definition of contemporary dance in a classical study by American critic John Martin, discussions by Bojana Kunst and Randy Martin on the bodies of dance, and by Alain Badiou and Jelica Šumić Riha on dance as a mentality.

Among the authors, there are also the main protagonists of American post-modern dance Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown. Through monographic articles, the works of some of the key choreographers of the second half of the 20th century are thoroughly presented: Merce Cunninham, Pina Bausch and William Forsyth. The book also discusses some important directions in the contemporary dance that have developed in certain environments, such as the American contact improvisation and its attitude towards rock’n’roll and disco, the Japanese butoh and Belgian hyper-dance and its relation to video and new technologies.


About the author

Janez Janša has studied sociology and theatre directing at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and performance theory at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. <br/>

He is author and director of several theatre performances. His piece CAMILLO - MEMO 1.0: THE CONSTRUCTION OF THEATRE has been directed by himself at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, Italy (May 1998). DRIVE IN CAMILLO has openned Manifesta 3, European biennale of contemporary arts (2000). He has been nominated for European Theatre Prize “New Realities” in 1999. His latest piece is interactive performance MISS MOBILE, recently performed at La Mama (New York, april 2002) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, September 2002). 

Janša’s work includes also visual, multimedia and performance art works. Among latest are THE CABINET OF MEMORIES, a tear donnor session, and the CD-ROM Ferdo Delak, Avantgarde Artist. He curated several interdisciplinary workshops arround Europe. He has published numerous essays on contemporary theatre and art including the book on Flemish artist and theatre maker Jan Fabre (JAN FABRE - La Discipline du chaos, le chaos de la discipline, Armand Colin, Paris 1994; published in Dutch, Italian and Slovene as well). He is the editor in chief of the performing arts journal MASKA and has edited a reader of contemporary theatre theories (PRESENCE, REPRESENTATION, THEATRICALITY, Maska, Ljubljana 1996), and a reader of contemporary dance theories (THEORIES OF CONTEMORARY DANCE, Maska, Ljubljana, 2001) and several other titles. 

Memory, privacy, spectatorship - A monograph on Hrvatin's performances published by Maska. Sprecial editions, Maska, 2003. 

 

Content

Emil Hrvatin: INTRODUCTION
THE THOUGHT OF DANCE
Paul Valéry: PHILOSOPHY OF DANCE
Alain Badiou: DANCE AS A METAPHOR FORTHOUGH
Jelica Šumić – Riha: THE DANCING BODY BETWEEN THOUGHT AND PLEASURE
BODY OF DANCE
Bojana Kunst: AUTONOMOUS BODY
Randy Martin: DOES THE DANCING BODY HAVE A SEX?
MODERN/POSTMODERNOF DANCE
John Martin: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MODERN DANCE
Roger Copland: MERCE CUNNINGHAM AND THE POLITICS OF PERCEPTION
Sally Banes: POSTMODERN DANCE
EMANCIPATION OF DANCE
Norbert Servos: PINA BAUSCH: DANCE AND EMANCIPATION
Yvonne Rainer: QUASI-SURVEY OF SOME ‘MINIMALIST’ TENDENCIES IN QUANTITAVELY MINIMAL DANCE ACTIVITY AMIDST THE PLETHORS, OR THE ANALYSIS OF TRIO A
Trisha Brown: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
THE SOCIAL OF THE DANCE
Cynthia J. Novack: ON MOVEMENT AS CULTURE – CONTACT IMPROVISATION AND DISCO DANCE
SPACE OF DANCE
Heidi Gilpin: DEFLECTIONS OF GRAVIRY
Gerald Siegmund: IMAGE AND MOVEMENT – MANNIERISM AS THE LIMIT OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE
NOTATION/ MEMORY OF DANCE
André Lepecki: PRESENCE OVERBURDENED WITH MADNESS
Johannes Birringer: MEMORIES OF THE REAL
Patrice Pavis: ABOUT BUTOH AS GRAND GUIGNOL, WHICH ENDED BADLY
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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TRANSFORMACIJE SERIES 06

Slovene edition.

Regular price: 16.28 EUR 

25 % discount for Maska subscribers: 12.21 EUR

Publication description 

246 pages, 170 x 240 mm format, 20 b&w reproductions, paperback