The struggle of the magicians: scenario of the ballet by G I Gurdjieff

By G I Gurdjieff

This identify provides the synopsis of Gurdjieff s deliberate ballet, The fight of the Magicians, which was once edited from extant manuscripts by means of David Kherdian. In 1914 a discover for the fight of the Magicians seemed in a Russian newspaper. It used to be aptly subtitled "Scenario of the Ballet," for it was once by no means played. during this surreptitious demeanour Gurdjieff had simply taken the 1st steps within the founding of the Institute for the Harmonious improvement of guy. The ballet might by no means be played however it could determine prominently within the lives of his scholars for a while to return. even if there was loads of hypothesis approximately this ballet, there was no consensus as to the way it was once written, why it used to be written or through whom it used to be ultimately dedicated to paper. Nor will we recognize if Gurdjieff ever "wrote" it out himself, and if he did, what language he composed it in. in truth, none of this can be very important. What concerns is that the textual content was once preserved, and for these folks who weren't there to obtain the educating from the grasp, a unique hyperlink is now created, and examining the phrases we're attached back to the fellow who gave us lots for he was once, and is still, our instance and our instructor. hide paintings through Nonny Hogrogian.

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Hijikata: Revolt Of The Body by Stephen Barber

By Stephen Barber

Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-86) invented the progressive functionality artwork 'Ankoku Butoh' - now celebrated world wide as probably the most leading edge and haunting modern paintings varieties. Hijikata is the superb determine within the final half-century of Japan's experimental tradition, and continues to be a seminal and inspirational presence there for artists, choreographers, film-makers, musicians and writers. His impression is additionally regular in Europe, North and South the US, and, more and more, in different East Asian nations. Hijikata's 'dance of darkness', respected through Yukio Mishima, kinds an ever-more prescient and revelatory functionality artwork. This crucial learn of Hijikata is the first-ever account of his lifestyles and paintings in English, and is predicated on broad interviews along with his surviving collaborators. specifically, it seems to be on the engagement in Hijikata's paintings with eu literary resources similar to Artaud, Genet and Sade, and at his functionality art's try and reconfigure the character of reminiscence and of the human anatomy. The ebook additionally lines the social turmoil of Tokyo throughout the interval during which Hijikata was once lively within the urban, and explores the ways that his functionality paintings used to be rendered into such types as movie and images. Illustrated via 20 revealing pictures, HIJIKATA:ˆREVOLTˆOFˆTHEˆBODY may be of important curiosity to all readers engaged with functionality paintings, theatre and picture, in addition to with jap tradition more often than not.

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Dancing Fear and Desire: Race, Sexuality, and Imperial by Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

By Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

all through centuries of eu colonial domination, the our bodies of center jap dancers, female and male, circulate sumptuously and seductively around the pages of Western go back and forth journals, evoking hope and derision, admiration and disdain, attract and revulsion. This profound ambivalence types the axis of an research into center japanese dance—an research that extends to modern abdominal dance.

Stavros Stavrou Karayanni, via historic research, theoretical research, and private mirrored image, explores how center japanese dance actively engages race, intercourse, and nationwide id. shut readings of colonial commute narratives, an exam of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, and analyses of treatises approximately Greek dance, show the complex ways that this arguable dance has been formed through Eurocentric versions that outline and regulate identification functionality.

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Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty by Erin Manning

By Erin Manning

Political philosophy has lengthy been certain through conventional considering the physique and the senses. via an engagement with the state-centered vocabulary of this self-discipline, Politics of contact explores the ways that sensing our bodies continuously run up opposed to current political constructions. during this groundbreaking paintings, Erin Manning reconsiders how new politics can come up that problem the nationwide physique politic. In Politics of contact, Manning develops a brand new solution to conceive the function of the senses, and of contact specifically. Exploring options of violence, gender, sexuality, safeguard, democracy, and identification, she strains the ways that contact informs and reforms the physique. in particular contemplating tango-a tactile, rhythmic, and improvisational dance- she foregrounds flow because the sensing body's intervention into the political. With a clean imaginative and prescient and an unique theoretical foundation, Manning exhibits the ontogenetic strength of the physique, and in doing so, redefines our knowing of the experience of contact in philosophical and political phrases.   Erin Manning is assistant professor of excellent arts at Concordia college and the writer of Ephemeral Territories (Minnesota, 2003).

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Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution by Eve Golden

By Eve Golden

Vernon and Irene fort popularized ragtime dancing within the years earlier than global warfare I and made dancing a decent hobby in the US. The whisper-thin, stylish Castles have been trendsetters in lots of methods: they traveled with a black orchestra, had an overtly lesbian supervisor, and have been animal-rights advocates a long time ahead of it turned a public factor. Irene was once additionally a way innovator, bobbing her hair ten years ahead of the flapper glance of the Twenties grew to become renowned. From their marriage in 1911 till 1916, the Castles have been the main well-known and influential dance staff on the planet. Their dancing faculties and nightclubs have been jam-packed with society figures and white-collar employees alike. After their height of white-hot repute, Vernon enlisted within the Royal Canadian Flying Corps, served on the entrance traces, and was once killed in a 1918 plane crash. Irene grew to become a film big name and seemed in additional than a dozen movies among 1917 and 1922. The Castles have been depicted within the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers motion picture the tale of Vernon and Irene fort (1939), however the movie passed over many of the attention-grabbing and arguable features in their lives. They have been extra advanced than posterity could have it: Vernon was once captivating yet irresponsible, Irene used to be strong-minded yet self-centered, and the couple had filed for divorce earlier than Vernon's demise (information that hasn't ever earlier than been made public). Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution is the attention-grabbing tale of a pair who reinvented dance and its position in twentieth-century tradition.

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Dancing from Past to Present: Nation, Culture, Identities by Theresa Jill Buckland

By Theresa Jill Buckland

This groundbreaking assortment combines ethnographic and old techniques to bare how dance performs the most important cultural roles in a number of areas of the realm, together with Tonga, Java, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Mexico, India, Korea, Macedonia, and England. The essays discover a stability among prior and current and consider how dance and physically practices are center id and cultural creators. achieving past the regularly Eurocentric view of dance, Dancing from prior to offer opens an international of dialogue over the function dance performs in forming and expressing cultural identities around the globe.

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