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Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance
Lynn Garafola

2005 • 464 pp. 22 illus. 6 x 9"

$32.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6674-4

Selected writings illuminate a century of international dance.

Lynn Garafola has written some of the most influential historical studies and criticism in the field of dance. Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance is a selection of her essays and reviews that together document the extraordinary transformation of dance, especially ballet, since the early 20th century. Part I, “The Ballet Russes and Beyond,” explores the relatively uncharted landscape of French ballet and European art dance in the early 1900s. Part II, “Reconfiguring the Sexes,” focuses on women, such as choreographer Bronislava Nijinkska and dancer Ida Rubinstein, as well as phenomena that invite a feminist interpretation, such as the feminization of 19th-century ballet and the invisibility of women choreographers in ballet. Part III, “Dance in New York,” examines the period when New York became not only the U.S. dance capital but also, by the 1960s, the dance capital of the world. Finally, Part IV, “Staging the Past,” deals with issues of memory, reconstruction, and historical neglect. The book includes a generous selection of photographs.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Lynn Garafola’s breadth of dance knowledge is astonishing and, in Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, it is fully matched by her insightful exploration of provocative issues in the field.”Nancy Reynolds, Director of Research, The George Balanchine Foundation

“Garafola’s sense of discovery permeates the book and is one of its chief pleasures. She is unusual among dance scholars in showing how economics, revolution, racism and rank push and pull at the sometimes insular theatrical world.”Monica Moseley, Associate Curator, Dance Division, The New York Public Library

LYNN GARAFOLA is the author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1998), and editor of José Limón: An Unfinished Memoir (Wesleyan, 1998) and Rethinking the Sylph: New Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet (Wesleyan, 1997). She teaches at Barnard College in New York City.

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