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Author Burt, Ramsay, 1953-

Title The male dancer : bodies, spectacle, sexualities / Ramsay Burt
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1995


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Description x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The Trouble With the Male Dancer... -- 2. Dance, Masculinity and Representations -- 3. Looking at the Male -- 4. Nijinsky: Modernism and Heterodox Representations of Masculinity -- 5. Men, Modernism and Modern American Dance. Ted Shawn, American-ness and natural masculinity. Martha Graham and Shawn's legacy. Dance, modernism and the Other. Limon, modernism and ethnicity. Alvin Ailey and black masculinity -- 6. Avant-Garde Strategies. Merce Cunningham. Steve Paxton -- 7. Post Men
Summary Publisher description: Building upon ideas about the gendered gaze developed by film and feminist theorists, Ramsey Burt provides a provocative theory of spectatorship dance. He uses this to examine the work of choreorgraphers like Nijinksy, Graham, and Bausch, while relating their dances to the social, political and artistic contexts in which they were produced. Within these re-readings, he identifies a distinction between institutionalized and modernist dance which evokes an essentialist, heroic "hypermasculinity"; one which is valorized with reference to nature, heterosexuality and religion, and radical, avant-garde choreography which challenges and disrupts dominant ways of representation of masculinity
Analysis Men Dancing
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 208-217) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Dance -- Anthropological aspects.
Dance -- Social aspects.
Dance -- Sociological aspects.
Male dancers.
Sex in dance.
LC no. 94032793
ISBN 0415088992 (hbk.)
041508900X (paperback)