February 2016 | Page Turners

PT_TBooks of note (new and not)

Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks
By Justine Reeve
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Price: $27
184 pages; paperback; 2011

This book presents 73 activities to use as warm-ups, games to stimulate creativity, and choreographic tasks to assist in creating movement material. It offers help with planning, teaching, and assessing students’ improvisations; a glossary of dance and choreographic terms; and extensions of each improv exercise, to aid further exploration and skill development. Intended for instructors of teen and college students.

Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image
By Douglas Rosenberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Price: $31.95
234 pages; paperback; 2012

Both a history of dance for camera and a critical framework, this book considers screendance as a visual art form and as an extension of modern and postmodern dance. Rosenberg explores the relationships between camera and subject, director and dancer, and the ephemeral nature of dance and the fixed nature of film. He also discusses screendance’s audiences and venues and the tensions between fine art and commercial cultures that have arisen in recent years.

Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations With Broadway Directors and Choreographers
By Lyn Cramer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Price: $34.95
304 pages; paperback; 2013

Twelve Broadway artists talk about how they work, what they look for in performers, and how they’ve pursued their dreams: Rob Ashford (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying); Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights); Jeff Calhoun and Christopher Gattelli (Newsies); Warren Carlyle (Follies); Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes); Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde); Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon); Randy Skinner (White Christmas); Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys); Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys); and Anthony Van Laast (Sister Act).

Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance
By Anthea Kraut
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Price: $35
336 pages; paperback; 2015

In this historical and cultural analysis, Kraut reconstructs U.S.-based dancemakers’ efforts to win copyright protection for their choreography, and teases out the race and gender politics of those efforts. The book discusses both well-known and marginalized figures, from Martha Graham and George Balanchine to South Asian dancer Mohammed Ismail, African American pantomimist Johnny Hudgins, and white burlesque dancer Faith Dane.