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Choreographies: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form (Paperback)
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Choreographies: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 12/05/2017
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Choreographer Jacky Lansley has been practicing and performing for more than four decades. In Choreographies, she offers unique insight into the processes behind independent choreography and paints a vivid portrait of a rigorous practice that combines dance, performance art, visuals, and a close attention to space and site.Choreographies is both autobiography and archive documenting production through rehearsal and performance photographs, illustrations, scores, process notes, reviews, audience feedback, and interviews with both dancers and choreographers. Covering the author's practice from 1975 to 2019, the book delves into an important period of change in contemporary British dance exploring British New Dance, postmodern dance, and experimental dance outside of a canonical US context. A critically engaged reflection that focuses on artistic process over finished product, Choreographies is a much-needed resource in the fields of dance and choreographic art making.

Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 9781783207664
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 178 mm


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"[...] it is not a book to be read and left to brood on a shelf but should be consulted regularly like a chiropractor. Reminding us that there can be no critical engagement with an art form that does not provoke a critical dialogue, Lansley's voice makes an eloquent case for a written choreography that can be expressed and read as a counterpoint to the readily accessible product of a gradual shift to social conservatism. Choreographies is a timely call to arms that recognises choreography, in the words of critic and dance historian Laurence Louppe, as one of the most important artistic phenomena of our time."--Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance
"Drawing upon decades of experience and enquiry, Lansley shares her expanded sense of choreography--or rather, choreographies--as spaces that hold the traces of many areas: other art forms, histories both personal and political, training, processes of research, and creation. Lansley has written Choreographies as a kind of 'open book'--open to other fields, to varying voices, open to reading."--Sanjoy Roy, dance writer (The Guardian)

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