Bibliographic Details

International dictionary of modern dance / with a preface by Don McDonagh ; editor, Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf ; contributing editor, Glynis Benbow-Niemier.

Imprint Detroit : St. James Press, c1998.
Description xxvi, 891 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Modern dance -- Dictionaries.
Modern dance.
Reference works.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Varying Form of Title Portion of title Modern dance
Other authors / contributors Benbow-Pfalzgraf, Taryn.
ISBN 1558623590 (alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [859]-862) and indexes.
Review by Choice Review

Except for the alphabetical arrangement of entries, "dictionary" does not properly describe this encyclopedic volume of more than 400 signed entries on all aspects of modern dance. The majority treat individuals who have influenced the art since the 19th century and include biographical details, dates, education, awards, roles (if they were performers), and specific works. Publications by and about individuals include books, articles, videos and films. Essays (country overviews, companies, and individual artists) represent at least 11 nationalities. Separate entries cover festivals like "Fringe," movements like "Fusion," and specific seminal works like Appalachian Spring. Entries vary in quality. Most are written by experts (e.g., Preston-Dunlop on Laban), but a few are by freelancers (e.g., the entry on Joyce Trisler traces her works and influence but fails to mention her 1979 death or the struggling company that continues to perform in her name). International Encyclopedia of Dance (CH, Jul'98) mentions Trisler in various entries but lacks a separate entry. There is a helpful chronology of key international events, 1839 to 1997, in the front matter and nationality and subject indexes at the end, but no detailed general index. Terms like "choreutics" and "eukinetics" (both mentioned in the Laban essay) must, one assumes, be defined elsewhere. Paul Van Derveer Love's small but useful Modern Dance Terminology (1953; reprinted, 1997) provides good coverage of terms. Clear black-and-white photographs enhance IDMD, which, despite its omissions, handsomely complements other dance reference works and provides excellent coverage of modern dance. For all collections. E. B. Nibley; American University

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