Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Preservation with a purpose emphasis: Modern dance
by Hoffmann, Catherine L., M.F.A., Mills College, 2011, 48; 1494454
Abstract (Summary)

The tradition of Western concert dance is comprised of two main branches, ballet and modern dance. Ballet is much older and already has a well-developed legacy. The formation of ballet's heritage is compared with those of other performing arts, specifically opera and drama, in order to elucidate the relevant issues. This framework is used to understand the evolutionary process of modern dance's tradition. The differences between dance and other performing arts are pointed out in order to emphasize the need for a different approach to dance documentation. Preservation methods in use today, as well as their merits and inadequacies, are discussed. The modern dance community is urged to proactively review, select, and document their work with this legacy in mind.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Sheldon
Commitee: Delwaide, Sonya, Murphy, Ann
School: Mills College
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance
Keywords: Ballet, Preservation, Reconstruction
Publication Number: 1494454
ISBN: 978-1-124-69015-5
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