International encyclopedia of dance : a project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc. /

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Imprint:New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Description:6 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Subject:Dance -- Encyclopedias.
Ballet -- Encyclopedias.
Reference works.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:Dance
Other authors / contributors:Cohen, Selma Jeanne, 1920-2005
Dance Perspectives Foundation.
ISBN:019509462X (set)
9780195094626 (set)
0195123050 (v. 1)
9780195123050 (v. 1)
0195123069 (v. 2)
9780195123067 (v. 2)
0195123077 (v. 3)
9780195123074 (v. 3)
0195123085 (v. 4)
9780195123081 (v. 4)
0195123093 (v. 5)
9780195123098 (v. 5)
0195123107 (v. 6)
9780195123104 (v. 6)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"Exciting and fascinating, this reference work succeeds in its goal of bringing "joy as well as enlightenment" about all forms of dance in all countries of the world. An extremely useful synoptic outline of contents" with nine sections (including "Ritual and Religion" and "Popular Entertainment") enables the user to explore dance in its cultural and social aspects, while topical essays complement the 2,000-plus entries. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white photographs, the encyclopedia captures the fluid movement of dance; with its depth and scope, this outstanding work has carved a well-deserved niche".--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
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Conceived in the 1970s, sponsored by the Dance Perspectives Foundation, supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other philanthropic organizations, and brought out by Oxford after two other publishers had given the project up, this set takes a place among the great subject encyclopedias as the first work to consult for authoritative information on a discipline. The coverage is truly international, and although the editors do not claim to have been exhaustive, the encyclopedia includes historical surveys, analytical essays, theories, methodologies, personalities, music, costume, scene design, film, companies, and much more. Among the 600 contributors are dance critics, historians, anthropologists, artists, historians, musicologists, and philosophers. Scholarly but accessible, historical yet up-to-date (break dancing is included), each entry includes a bibliography and where appropriate a brief mediagraphy. More than 2,000 black-and-white photographs accompany the text, many from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and others from private collections. The entries are arranged alphabetically, but the classified "Synoptic Outline of Contents" is the best place to begin to find a path in this wealth of information about peoples and rituals; about folk, traditional, popular, festival, historical, ancient, modern, and theatrical dance; and about research, publication, and criticism. Cross-references are ample, and there is a 219-page detailed index. The definitive reference work on dance, well worth the price for all dance research collections. E. B. Nibley; American University

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Since ancient times, dance has been an integral part of nearly every culture. Theatrical, social, and ritual dances are performed around the globe and through the pages of history. Lincoln Kirstein observed in the introduction to The Dance Encyclopedia (Simon & Schuster, 1967, now out of print) that "The art of dance in performance bears slight reference to words on a printed page, or even pictures, except as jogs to memory." The collective unconscious itself will be stirred by this rich, wide-ranging work. Particular types of dance, especially ballet, have been previously served by reference books, but works embracing all manner of dance in all countries in all time periods are in much shorter supply. Simon and Schuster's Dance Encyclopedia covered various kinds of dance, individual dancers, dance companies, and other dance topics, albeit in a much more abbreviated form. The International Dictionary of Ballet [RBB Ja 15 94] was a larger treatment, but concentrated on classical ballet (individual artists, ballets, and ballet companies) and select modern choreographers. For size, scope, and quality of scholarship there simply isn't anything comparable to the International Encyclopedia of Dance (IED). Conceived at a 1974 meeting of the Dance Critics' Association, this remarkable creation survived a long period of gestation. Two years after that meeting, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a grant to the Dance Perspectives Foundation for a scholarly planning conference for the undertaking. Grants from many individuals and several national foundations followed, and now, some two decades (and several publishers) later, the project has finally been realized. A distinguished Editorial Board, headed by Selma Jeanne Cohen, and hundreds of experts on dance, anthropology, art, music, folklore, philosophy, and other fields have produced a singular work. From Abraxas to the Zurich Ballet, a remarkable variety of dances, dancers, and dance topics are represented. Here you will find Mark Morris as well as Morris Dance, Tommy Tune as well as Tamara Toumanova, and Carmen Miranda as well as Natalia Makarova. Not only are there articles on dances of historical interest, such as the minuet, courante, pavan, and galliard, but dances of nearly every type imaginable, including round, step, square, fan, ice, and break. Surveys of dance in countries from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia offer historical, cultural, and aesthetic overviews. These articles often address dance research and publication, and education and criticism in the country surveyed. Numerous high-quality photographs and illustrations punctuate the thoroughly cross-referenced text. Other noteworthy features are the bibliographies (and sometimes videographies) often appended to the articles. Overall, the tone is scholarly but not pedantic, resulting in a text that is accessible to a wide variety of readers. IED embodies the dictionary definition of an encyclopedia: "A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field. . . ." (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Houghton Mifflin, 1992). So many facets of dance are reflected in this jewel of a work that the effect is truly dazzling. In a time when lip service is often paid to the ideas of cultural diversity and inclusiveness, this is a publication that delivers what is promised. Content as well as contributors represent a true world view--aspects of dance in more than 100 countries are written about by more than 600 writers representing some 50 nations. Dance as ceremony and ritual in religious as well as social and cultural traditions is covered here, as are the related topics of music, scenic design, dance notation, costumes, aesthetics, and training. There has never been a dance reference work with such a wide-ranging outlook presented in such a carefully planned and executed format. Headings and subheadings are used to break dow

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Originally published in 1998, this award-winning set was named an LJ Best Reference title as well as an ALA/RUSA Outstanding Reference Source. Now available in paperback, it covers the same ground, with no additional features or coverage but for less than a third the cost (the price of the original was a whopping $1250). The six volumes are attractively slipcased and designed to stand up to heavy use despite the binding. Every type of dance is covered (e.g., social, folk, theatrical) as well as every country and historical period. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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