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Flowers Cracking Concrete
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Flowers Cracking Concrete is the first in-depth study of the forty-year career of Eiko & Koma—two artists from Japan who have lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s, establishing themselves as innovative and influential modern and postmodern dancers. They continue to choreograph, perform, and give workshops across the United States and around the world. Rosemary Candelario argues that what is remarkable about Eiko & Koma’s dances is not what they signify but rather what they do in the world. Each chapter of the book is a close reading of a specific dance that reveals a choreographic theme or concern. Drawing on interviews, live performance, videos, and reviews, Candelario demonstrates how ideas have kinesthetically and choreographically cycled through Eiko & Koma’s body of work, creating dances deeply engaged with the wider world through an active process of mourning, transforming, and connecting.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. A Note About Japanese Names and Words
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. From Utter Darkness to White Dance
  2. pp. 22-51
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  1. 2. “Good Things Under 14th Street”
  2. pp. 52-81
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  1. 3. Japanese/American
  2. pp. 82-104
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  1. 4. Dancing-with Site and Screen
  2. pp. 105-128
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  1. 5. Sustained Mourning
  2. pp. 129-155
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  1. 6. Ground Zeroes
  2. pp. 156-182
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  1. 7. “Take Me to Your Heart”: Intercultural Alliances
  2. pp. 183-210
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  1. In Lieu of a Conclusion: “Step Back and Forward, and Be There”
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-256
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 257-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 285
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