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Titre : Bird's Eye View, Dancing with Martha Graham ...
Éditeur : University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Hard Cover.
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Edition : First Edition.
Type de livre : University Press
Memoirs of the only dancer of her time to work with all the major choreographers in concert and on Broadway, with Martha Graham the one figuring most prominently in the book and in her life. Photo illustrated in b&w. Notes. Index. xxviii, 261 pp. Fine Hardcover in full blue cloth w/ Fine dj. N° de réf. du libraire 1106
Synopsis : In 1930, 17-year-old Dorothy Bird from Victoria, British Colombia, was sent to study dance at the Cornish School in Seattle. There she was captivated by Martha Graham, who, at the end of summer, invited Dorothy to study with her at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York City. Dorothy debuted with The Graham Group in 1931 in "Primitive Mysteries", and was a company member and Graham's demonstrator until 1937. "Bird's Eye View" is a story that chronicles the early development of modern dance from a dancer's perspective. Dorothy Bird worked with the major choreographers in concert and on Broadway, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Doris Humphrey, Helen Tamiris, Anna Sokolow, Herbert Ross, Jose Limon and Jerome Robbins. She relates her theatre experiences with such luminaries as Orson Welles, Gertrude Lawrence, Carol Channing, Danny Kaye and Elisa Kazan. Dorothy shared her methods and experiences as a teacher for Balanchine and her 25-year tenure at the Neighbourhood Playhouse to highlight her philosophy of "giving back" to the next generation of performers.
Critique: "A rare gift, a performer's reminiscence that situates a career into a wider cultural context." - Stagebill "A fascinating glimpse of life inside Graham's charmed circle, and a moving record of one dancer's determined pursuit of a career." - Kirkus Reviews "No one to date has defined Graham's teaching methods as extensively as Bird....This is an invaluable book for professionals, students, and those who are eager to know about the awesome dimensions of Martha Graham." - Backstage "Bird is a storyteller gifted with vivid powers of observation and a witty and often wicked humor....This 'bird's eye view' of dance, theater, and politics in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s does give a sense of the lay of the land. But it is land populated by some of the most famous stage names of all time, seen here close-up in perceptive and revealing detail....There is as much here for the dance scholar as for those who simply love a good story, a feat that Bird executes with impressive grace." - Jennifer Dunning, dance critic, New York Times "The most interesting inside account of the development of early modern dance I have had the good fortune to read." - Sondra Fraleigh, author of Dance and the Lived Body
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