No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

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No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)


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The definitive history of twentieth-century theatrical dance, enhanced with more than 200 exceptional photographs

Winner of the 2005 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Publication in Dance Research

"This work is not just reader friendly, it's downright compelling in its chronicle of the most explosively revolutionary century the art form of dance has ever experienced."—Karen Campbell, Christian Science Monitor

This book chronicles one hundred years of dramatic developments in ballet, modern, and experimental dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. The volume is magisterial in scope, encompassing the history of theatrical dance from 1900 through 2000. Beginning with turn-of-the-century dancer-choreographers like Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Michel Fokine, and a bit later Vaslav Nijinsky, and proceeding through the profusion of dance styles performed today, the book provides an unparalleled view of dance in performance as it changed and grew in the twentieth century. Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick set dance in broader cultural and historical contexts, examine specific dance works, and explore the contributions of outstanding choreographers, performers, visual artists, impresarios, composers, critics, and other figures. They discuss the breakaway barefoot dance of the early 1900s and demonstrate its links with later forms and styles. With unusual detail, fascinating illustrations, and wide-ranging insights, this book is an indispensable guide to the transformations in the dance scene of the twentieth century.

Nancy Reynolds is director of research for the George Balanchine Foundation and a former member of the New York City Ballet. She is the author of Repertory in Review, among other books, and was the winner of the 2013 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. Malcolm McCormick was a professional dancer and costume designer and a member of the dance faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Product Details ISBN: 9780300259322
ISBN-10: 0300259328
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: February 9th, 2021
Pages: 928
Language: English
Selected as an outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Finalist for Independent Publisher Book Awards 2004 in the Photography category
Winner of the 2005 Congress on Research in Dance award for Outstanding Publication in Dance Research
 Selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2005

Finalist for the 2003 Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Award
“There is simply no other history of twentieth-century dance that is as detailed, comprehensive, and readable as No Fixed Points. Much thought has gone into it, along with prodigious research.”—Lynn Garafola, co-editor of The Ballets Russes and Its World

"If anyone wants to know the history of international dance during the 20th century, they need look no further than this comprehensive and authoritative account of it, skillfully compiled by Nancy Reynolds."—Moira Shearer
"No Fixed Points is a monumental tribute to dance in the twentieth century. Astoundingly well researched, insightful, clear, and inspiring, it is a real treasure."—Frederic Franklin; Dancer, Director, Choreographer 
"Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick focus an enormous spectrum of information into a clear and elegant narrative. At the same time they make us feel the passion that produced contemporary dance and that continues to drive its revolution."—Christine Dakin, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company   
"A book that’s both an indispensable reference, and a reading experience as absorbing as an adventure tale. An achievement at once vital and invaluable."—Alan M. Kriegsman