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Next Week, Swan Lake
Reflections on Dance and Dances
Selma Jeanne Cohen




Wesleyan
1982 • 208 pp. 40 b&w illus. 7 figs. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Dance

$21.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6110-7
$16.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7065-9

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“Cohen’s stimulating, perceptive, and well-written essays both conjure up the excitement of live dance performances and record dance aesthetics with accuracy, historical perspective, clarity... [continued in Reviews below]”—Choice

An important book of essays on “dance and ideas about dance”

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Cohen’s stimulating, perceptive, and well-written essays both conjure up the excitement of live dance performances and record dance aesthetics with accuracy, historical perspective, clarity, persuasuion, pleasure, ease, expertise, and reliability . . . High priority acquisition for both public and academic libraries”—Choice

“The philosophers and writers on esthetics quoted by Miss Cohen, whether they are commenting on dance or other art forms, do not…always serve the needs of a universal definition for dance. It is this awareness of the need for particularizationin dance theory that makes Miss Cohen’s book so refreshing.”Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

“The issues Cohen tackles are as fundamental to the dance critic as time, space and enery are to the choreographer. How might one go about determining the ‘style’ of a ballet? What makes viruoso display frivolous? What, and how, does a dance represent?”Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Dance Critics Association News

“A primer of dance aesthetics…Cohen tackles such basic issues as the nature and relationship of grace and virtuosity in dancing; the literal, expressive, and intrinsic significance of movement; and the meaning of style. She explores relevant and fascinating byways, such as the tension between the ‘given’ choreography and the performers transmission – and inevitable interpretation – of it to the viewer. Boldly she takes on that first, and perhaps thorniest, question concerning the most ephemeral of the arts: the very definition of ‘the work.’” Tobi Tobias, Dance Magazine

Awards/Recognition:

Books for College Libraries (1988) Commendation
CHOICE “Outstanding Academic Title” (1988) Commendation



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