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Composing while Dancing
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Composing while Dancing: An Improviser’s Companion examines the world of improvisational dance and the varied approaches to this art form. By introducing the improvisational strategies of twenty-six top contemporary artists of movement improvisation, Melinda Buckwalter offers a practical primer to the dance form. Each chapter focuses on an important aspect of improvisation including spatial relations, the eyes, and the dancing image. Included are sample practices from the artists profiled, exercises for further research, and a glossary of terms. Buckwalter gathers history, methods, interviews, and biographies in one book to showcase the many facets of improvisational dance and create an invaluable reference for dancers and dance educators.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 1. Materia Prima
  2. pp. 12-31
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  1. Interlude—So Many Influences, So Little Time . . .
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. 2. Dancing Takes Shape
  2. pp. 34-59
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  1. Interlude—Notes to Myself: Wait!
  2. p. 59
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  1. 3. Time Machines
  2. pp. 60-73
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  1. Interlude—Notes to Myself: Living Backward
  2. pp. 73-75
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  1. 4. Spatial Relations
  2. pp. 76-89
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  1. Interlude—Ma
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. 5. The Dancing Image
  2. pp. 91-104
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  1. Interlude—Invisible Dances with Mary Overlie
  2. p. 105
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  1. 6. The Possibilities of Music
  2. pp. 106-117
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  1. Interlude—Notes to Myself: Listening
  2. p. 117
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  1. 7. The Eyes
  2. pp. 118-130
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  1. Interlude—Notes to Myself on Catching It Out of the Corner of My Eye
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. 8. Partnering Science
  2. pp. 132-141
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  1. Interlude—Notes to Myself on Not Knowing
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. 9. The Magical Object
  2. pp. 143-154
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  1. Interlude—The Objects Begin to Speak
  2. pp. 154-155
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  1. Epilogue: Developing Your Practice
  2. pp. 156-159
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  1. Meet the Artists: Dancemakers’ Biographies
  2. pp. 161-186
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  1. Glossary of People and Terms
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-231
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