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Mary Wigman By Mary Anne Santos Newhall (University of New Mexico, USA)

Mary Wigman by Mary Anne Santos Newhall (University of New Mexico, USA)

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Mary Wigman by Mary Anne Santos Newhall (University of New Mexico, USA)

This book considers dancer, teacher, and choreographer Mary Wigman, a leading innovator in Expressionist dance whose radical explorations of movement and dance theory are credited with expanding the scope of dance as a theatrical art. Now reissued, this book combines:

  • a full account of Wigman's life and work
  • an analysis of her key ideas
  • detailed discussion of her aesthetic theories, including the use of space as an "invisible partner" and the transcendent nature of performance
  • a commentary on her key works, including Hexentanz and The Seven Dances of Life
  • an extensive collection of practical exercises designed to provide an understanding of Wigman's choreographic principles and her uniquely immersive approach to dance.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

About Mary Anne Santos Newhall (University of New Mexico, USA)

Mary Anne Santos Newhall is Professor Emerita of Dance at the University of New Mexico, where she also served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts. She is also Research Director for the American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University.

Table of Contents

MARY WIGMAN: A LIFE IN DANCE

Prologue: why Mary Wigman? Introduction

Childhood

The beginning of a life in dance Dalcroze and the garden city of Hellerau Return to ritual on the mountain of truth Dancing Dada

The crisis year

The gilded and tarnished twenties The First Dancers' Congress

The Second Dancers' Congress The Third Dancers' Congress Coming to the United States Der Weg (The Path)

Returning to the new Germany Dancing in Dresden, 1933-1942 Leaving Dresden

To Berlin

MARY WIGMAN'S WRITINGS ON THE DANCE: A PHILOSOPHY EMBODIED

  1. Introduction

    The Language of Dance Philosophical context Why a new dance?

    Primitively modern

    Spannung and Entspannung Space

    Time, music, rhythm

    The Mary Wigman Book

    What did Wigman mean by ecstasy and form? Apollonian and Dionysian

    Ideas on composition and the choreographic theme

    Who has inherited the emotive dance lineage of Mary Wigman?

MARY WIGMAN AS CHOREOGRAPHER: CHOOSING THE FOCUS

  1. Solo as signature: Hexentanz The mask as doorway Hexentanz: a description Group dance

    The Seven Dances of Life (1921) Choric dance

    Totenmal (1930) Final solo concert

PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Class at the Mary Wigman School Discovering the eloquent body

Wigman movement qualities in practice What makes the dance?

Space

Dance as language

Speaking beyond the individual body

Composition: improvisation and developing a theme

One final theme

Additional information

NGR9781138572744
9781138572744
1138572748
Mary Wigman by Mary Anne Santos Newhall (University of New Mexico, USA)
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2017-12-19
180
N/A
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