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Dances that Describe Themselves
The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull
Susan Leigh Foster

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• List of Illustrations
• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• GENEALOGIES OF IMPROVISATION
• Structuring Improvisation
• Appropriating the Improvisatory
• Scoring the Unanticipated
• Corporeal Spontaneity
• Improvised Democracies
• Conversations
• MAKING AND DOING
• Daniel Nagrin’s Workshop
• The Grand Union
• Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion
• Contact Improvisation
• Richard Bull’s New York Chamber Dance Group
• Improvising Community
• ECONOMIES OF COMMUNITY
• Financing Dances
• The Warren Street Performance Loft
• Training and Rehearsing
• Interactions
• SPEECH AS ACT
• Talking Dance
• Signifying Dancing
• The Grand Union
• Trisha Brown’s Accumulation (1971) with Talking (1973) Plus Watermotor (1977)
• Bill T. Jones’s Floating the Tongue and 21
• Ishmael Houston-Jones’s Part 2: Relatives
• Person-abilities
• Storying Dance
• INTERLUDE: EPISTOLARY CHOREOGRAPHIES FROM THE DANCE THAT DESCRIBES ITSELF
• IMPROVISING CHOREOGRAPHY
• Re-membering Past, Present, and Future
• Re-politicizing the Aesthetic
• Choreologue
• Voices in the Text
• Appendix A: A Chronological Listing of Works by Richard Bull
• Appendix B: Selected Writings by Richard Bull
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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