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“A Colorful Nightmare”

Danielle Robinson.

in Modern Moves

September 2015; p ublished online August 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Ethnomusicology. 7350 words.

Chapter two considers ragtime dancing among European immigrant youth within the contexts of American minstrelsy, African American migration, and European immigration. Based on period sheet...

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“A Possible Somewhere (an impossible scene setting)” 1

Mark Franko.

in Martha Graham in Love and War

June 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 12291 words.

This chapter discusses Voyage (1953) as a forgotten Graham work that rejects myth for personal reasons and attempts to apply psycho-dramatic techniques to the creation of choreography. It...

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Abbado, Claudio

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Media Studies; Performing Arts; Music; Architecture; Art. 155 words.

Born Milan, 26 June 1933; m 1st, 1956, Giovanna Cavazzoni (marr. diss. 1968); one s one d; 2nd, Gabriella Cantalupi; one s; died 20 Jan. 2014

Artistic Director,...

Abbey, Henry Eugene

Harvey R. Brenneise.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Music Business, Institutions, and Organizations. 1225 words.

Abbey, Henry Eugene (27 June 1846–17 October 1896), theatrical and operatic manager and impresario, was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Henry Stephen Abbey, a clockmaker and partner in a...

Abe Burrows

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Theatre.

(b. New York, 18 Dec. 1910; d. New York, 17 May 1985)

Playwright and director. Burrows wrote for radio and early television before turning to the stage as co-librettist with ...


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Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art — Religious Studies — Indian Music — Hinduism.


Greatest of the Kashmiri Śaiva theologians. His works deal with the theoretical, yogic, and ritual

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Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Indian Music — Theatre.

Expression of a sentiment or mood through action and gesture; acting in the overall sense. Abhinaya is expressed through anubhāva,

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The Absence of the Work

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 5213 words.

This chapter explores the process of absenting in more radical terms that previously discussed in this book. More specifically, it attempts to move from absenting as a mere tendency of...

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Acting Ancient: Hellenism, Pageantry, and American Modernity

Mary Simonson.

in Body Knowledge

September 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 14481 words.

Conceptualized as a return to the pure, communal, spiritual experience of ancient art, pageants have long been understood as a divergence from other early twentieth-century art and...

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Acting Operatically

Marianne Sharp.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 7556 words.

Focusing on what this chapter terms its “operatic” vocal score, this chapter offers a detailed analysis of Fiona Shaw’s performance as Winnie in Beckett”s Happy Days (1961), in Deborah...

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Overview page. Subjects: Dance — Indian Music — Music.

A composition atadagio tempo. A famous example is that written for str by *Barber (1938). A

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Adolphe Adam

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Dance.

(b Paris, 1803; d Paris, 1856).

Fr. composer and critic. Wrote 70 operas, mostly opéras‐comiques, of which best‐known are Le Postillon de Longjumeau (1836) and Si j'étais roi...

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Aesthetics as Politics

Joanna Dee Das.

in Katherine Dunham

July 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 8184 words.

“Aesthetics as Politics” discusses how and why Dunham decided that her primary strategy to fight racism would be to create beautiful choreography rooted in Africanist aesthetics. After...

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Affect-ive moves

Stephanie L. Batiste.

in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen

August 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Dance. 9223 words.

This chapter argues that the African American dance practice of krumping editorialized in the 2005 David LaChapelle film RIZE defines a space of home as a system of feeling in early...

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K. Meira Goldberg.

in Sonidos Negros

January 2019; p ublished online December 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Ethnomusicology. 922 words.

The projects of “fugitive planning and black study” are mostly about reaching out to find connection; they are about making common cause with the brokenness of being, a...

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Age of Anxiety

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Dance.

Sym. No.2 by Leonard Bernstein for pf. and orch. (Title from Auden poem.) F.p. Boston, Apr. 1949 cond. Koussevitzky, soloist Bernstein. As ballet, NY Feb. 1950.

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Agnes de Mille

Kara Anne Gardner.

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 264 pages.

This book explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille, from the 1940s through the 1960s. Six musicals are discussed in depth—Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Ca...

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Agnes de Mille

Overview page. Subjects: Performing Arts — Music.


Stage choreographer and director. Arguably Broadway's most influential choreographer, she created a long list of unforgettable musical numbers in legendary shows. She...

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Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Music Theatre.


a musical play by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, David Henry Hwang (book), Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics). [Palace Theatre, 1,852 perf.] Only the basic story of...

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Ain't Misbehavin'

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Theatre.


a revue in two acts with music by Thomas “Fats” Waller. [Longacre Theatre, 1,604 perf.] Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr. conceived the musical retrospective, with...

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