Ted Shawn

Author: Paul A. (Chair & Professor of Dance Scolieri

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Ted Shawn (1891-1972), is the self-proclaimed “Father of American Dance” who helped to transform dance from a national pastime into theatrical art. In the process, he made dancing an acceptable profession for men and taught several generations of dancers, some of whom went on to become legendary choreographers and performers in their own right, most notably his protegees Martha Graham, Louise Brooks, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman. Shawn tried for many years and with great frustration to tell the story of his life’s work in terms of its social and artistic value, but struggled, owing to the fact that he was homosexual, a fact known only within his inner circle of friends. Unwilling to disturb the meticulously narrated account of his paternal exceptionalism, he remained closeted, but scrupulously archived his journals, correspondence, programs, photographs, and motion pictures of his dances, anticipating that the full significance of his life, writing, and dances would reveal itself in time. Ted Shawn: His Life, Writings, and Dances is the first critical biography of the dance legend, offering an in-depth look into Shawn’s pioneering role in the formation of the first American modern dance company and school, the first all-male dance company, and Jacob’s Pillow, the internationally renowned dance festival and school located in the Berkshires. The book explores Shawn’s writings and dances in relation to emerging discourses of modernism, eugenics and social evolution, revealing an untold story about the ways that Shawn’s homosexuality informed his choreographic vision. The book also elucidates the influences of contemporary writers who were leading a radical movement to depathologize homosexuality, such as the British eugenicist Havelock Ellis and sexologist Alfred Kinsey, and conversely, how their revolutionary ideas about sexuality were shaped by Shawn’s modernism. show more

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Weight 948 g
Author

Paul A. (Chair & Professor of Dance Scolieri

Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Binding

Hardback

ISBN-10

0199331065

Dimensions

240 x 158 x 36

Language

English

Country of Pub

United States

Book Condition

New

Notes

101 illus.

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